Bill Ebersold

We have learned from Paul Levine that Bill Ebersold, one of the pioneers of genetics in C. reinhardtii, died on July 25. The following notice was posted on the UCLA web site:


Former friend and colleague “Bill” Wilbur T. Ebersold passed away Saturday 25 July after an extended illness. Bill was the second chair of Biology, following the merger of Zoology and Botany. Soon after Bill stepped down as Chair in the late 1970s, he suffered a major stroke, but returned to UCLA, retiring in 1991. He received his Ph. D. from Stanford University and did post doctoral studies at Dartmouth and Harvard before coming to UCLA. His research focused on Chlamydomonas genetics. Although Bill has been away from UCLA for a long time he will be missed.

There will be a memorial service for Bill on 14 August at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills at the “Old North Church” at 2:30 PM. The family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA for the support of graduate students. Information may be found at regarding a memorial contribution in memory of Bill.