Robert J. Cotter Fund established at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Students and colleagues of Bob Cotter, who passed away more than 8 years ago, are establishing a travel fund in his memory to be administered by Johns Hopkins University. Bob was an active member of WBMSDG for more than three decades and many can share memories of him and his contributions to our field. One of the monthly group meetings was hosted by him at the School of Medicine in downtown Baltimore, preceded by a dinner at Bertha’s (of “Eat Bertha’s Mussels” fame) at Fells Point.

From JHU:
We invite you to become founding donors to the Robert J. Cotter Fund in the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The department has deemed the Cotter Fund a top priority for philanthropy. It will support conference travel for students, postdocs, and junior faculty students, in the Dept. of Pharmacology. Bob greatly enjoyed engaging with colleagues and former mentees at meetings and sharing ideas. We believe that establishing this travel fund is a meaningful tribute and expression of our esteem and thanks to Bob for his decades of dedication to the career and scientific development of students, postdocs, and junior faculty. Bob was a faculty member at Hopkins for over three decades. None of us has to try very hard to remember Bob’s warmth, tremendous sense of humor and the great personal kindnesses he extended to all of us. He was also a masterful teacher, training dozens of students in mass spectrometry in his lab and in the classroom. Bob’s innovations in mass spectrometry have touched virtually every area of biomedicine.

As for direction on how to give, please use our IBBS giving website,, you would select “Other” and write in “Cotter Fund”. Alternatively, if you wish to send a check, we ask that you mail it to the following address:

Attn: Gift Processing
Johns Hopkins Medicine
750 East Pratt Street, 17th floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
*Memo Line: The Cotter Fund

If you would like information on how to make a gift or establish a bequest to the Fund or other planned gift such as an annuity trust, please contact Katie Sullivan, Associate Director of Development, Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She can be reached at