Mark Bennett passed away on Feb 18, 2020 after having MSA for several years. He was a loving husband to his life-long partner, Grace, and devoted father to his children, Michelle and Colin. He was a wonderful and supportive friend and mentor to many. We are devastated by his loss.
He received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Oregon State University and pursued graduate studies in neuroscience at the California Institute of Technology where he received his Ph.D. After completing his postdoctoral fellowships at the European Molecular and Biology Laboratory and Stanford University, he joined the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1999 Mark transitioned to the biotechnology industry where he devoted his career to discovering novel treatments for cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Mark’s friends and colleagues admired him not only for his brilliant mind but also for his generous spirit; he mentored and propelled those around him toward excellence. Mark was quiet, but when he spoke everyone listened. He was a gentle man but would always defend scientific truths. Mark was a hard worker, but he was also playful, joyful and kind. His infectious laugh still rings in our ears.
Mark grew up with a love of the outdoors and sought out numerous hiking and climbing adventures. Even as his disease progressed, Mark continued to travel around the world with his wife. From the inner workings of the cell to exploring all corners of the globe, Mark wanted to see it all.
In an effort to find a cure for MSA, Mark participated in clinical studies and donated his brain for research. We are committed to carrying on Mark’s legacy and are committed to finding a cure for this devastating disease.
We miss you Mark. Thank you for sharing your life with us.