Robert J. Cotter, Ph.D.

Obituary in the Baltimore Sun

Donate to the Robert J. Cotter Fund

Washington-Baltimore MSDG Members,
By now many of you have heard the sad news of the passing of Professor Robert J. Cotter on Monday, November 12, 2012.   We offer our sincere condolences to Bob’s wife, Professor Catherine Fenselau, and to all of Bob’s family, friends and colleagues. To so many in this group, and to the world of science as a whole, Bob was a friend, colleague, mentor, thought leader, and role model. He will be deeply missed by this group, for which he served as Chair in the past, intellectual leader and as host of our annual November meeting at Johns Hopkins. He will be deeply missed by the mass spectrometry community as a whole, having served us all in so many ways, not least of which as President of ASMS from 1998-2000. His legacy will live on through his contributions to the field, through the students and post-docs he mentored and in the memories of the many people he called friend and colleague.

Bob was to be the host of our MSDG meeting on November 19 at JHU.   In tribute to all of his contributions to this group and to the field of mass spectrometry, the WBMSDG held a memorial symposium for Bob on Monday, November 19.  Dr. Sandy Markey of NIH led moving tributes by Bob’s colleagues, past and current students, and friends.  Afterwards, Bob’s friends and colleagues gathered for a reception at one of Bob’s favorite restaurants to continue to remember the life of a great scientist and man.

The program for the MSDG Cotter Memorial Symposium can be found here (Adobe PDF). 

A slide show highlighting Bob’s career and his colleagues can be downloaded here (Adobe PDF in 3 parts).
Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Memorial Fund: Professor Catherine Fenselau has designated a recipient of donations to honor Professor Cotter:

C and O Canal Association
PO Box 366
Glen Echo MD 20812 (PayPal donation site)

Postal donation form is available at .

The Association has two separate funds that accept contributions.  The Kenneth Rollins C & O Canal Fund is the one recommended by Professor Fenselau.

The Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry has also published an obituary.