Celebration of the Life of Dr. Stephen I. Katz


>>WELCOME, EVERYONE. GOOD AFTERNOON. I’M FRANCIS COLLINS, DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH AND WE’RE GATHERED HERE TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF OUR DEAR FRIEND, WONDERFUL SCIENTIST, REMARKABLE LEADER, STEPHEN KATZ. STEVE WAS MANY THINGS AND ONE OF THEM WAS MUSICIAN. AND SO IT SEEMED APPROPRIATE THAT THIS EVENT WOULD INCLUDE SOME MUSIC AND WE’RE GOING TO START OFF WITH ONE SONG AND THEN HEAR FROM A LOT OF THOUGHTFUL PEOPLE WHO KNEW STEVE WELL. MUSIC MIGHT BREAK OUT AGAIN LATER IN THE COURSE OF THE AFTERNOON. SO I WANT TO FIRST OF ALL SAY HOW FORTUNATE WE ARE THAT THE BAND, WHICH IS A SUBSET OF THE AFFORDABLE ROCK AND ROLL ACT IS JOINED THIS AFTERNOON BY NONE OTHER THAN KAREN KATZ, STEVE’S DAUGHTER. LET ME INTRODUCE THE REST OF THE BAND ON DRUMS, MIKE PAISON NHGRI, IN ADDITION TO CARE SINGER FROM LAURA JOPP ON GUITAR PETER GRAY SON NIAMS, A PARTICULAR INSTITUTE WE’RE TALKING ABOUT A LOT TODAY. JOHN OSEAD ON MANDO LIRKSN, JOHN FROM NHLBI AND ROBERT WALKER ON THE KEYS. WE’RE GOING TO DO A SONG THAT STEVE KNEW AND LOVED WHICH I THINK KAREN WILL PARTICULARLY SHAPE BEAUTIFULLY WITH HER VOICE. GANG, ARE WE READY? WAIT, I’M NOT READY. IF WE PLAY THE WRONG KEY THAT WOULDN’T BE SOMETHING STEVE WOULD APPROVE OF. THOUGH WE HAVE OCCASIONALLY DONE IT. * * WHEN THE RAIN IS COMING IN YOUR FACE, AND THE WHOLE WORLD IS ON YOUR CASE * * I CAN OFFER YOU A WARM EMBRACE, TO MAKE YOU FEEL MY LOVE * * WHEN THE SHADOWS AND THE STARS APPEAR * * AND THERE IS NO ONE THERE TO DRY YOUR TEARS * * I COULD HOLD YOU FOR A MILLION YEARS, TO MAKE YOU FEEL MY LOVE * * BUT I WILL NEVER DO YOU WRONG * I KNOW THAT WE MET, BE IN MY MIND WHERE YOU BELONG * * I GO HUNGRY, I GO BLACK AND BLUE, I GO CRAWLING DOWN THE AVENUE * * NO THERE’S NOTHING THAT I WOULDN’T DO TO MAKE YOU FEEL MY LOVE * * * THE STORMS ARE RAGING ON THE ROLLING SEA * * AND ON THE HIGHWAY OF REGRET * * THE WINDS ARE CHANGEABLE AND WILD AND FREE, YOU AIN’T SEE NOTHING LIKE ME YET * * I CAN MAKE YOU HAPPY, MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE * * NOTHING THAT I WOULDN’T DO * GO TO THE ENDS ANOTHER EARTH FOR YOU, TO MAKE YOU FEEL MY LOVE * * TO MAKE YOU FEEL MY LOVE * TO MAKE YOU FEEL MY LOVE [APPLAUSE]>>WE WILL NOW PLEASE WELCOME BOB CARTER, ACTING DIRECTOR OF NIAMS WHO WILL SERVE AS MASTER OF CEREMONIES.>>TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW. WE STARTED MEETING STEVE WOULD ALSO SAY HELLO, EVERYBODY. SO HELLO EVERYBODY. AND THEN HE WOULD SAY IS EVERYTHING OKAY? AND WE PROCEEDED FROM THERE. SO AS THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL ARTHRITIS AND MUSCULOSKELETAL SKIN DISEASES, IT’S MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME YOU TO THE CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE OF STEPHEN KATZ. I WANT TO SPEAK TODAY ON BEHALF OF NIAMS. STEVE WAS THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE FOR NIAMS. HE WAS THE FORCE AROUND WHICH US THE PLANETS MOVED IN OUR ORBITS. HE WAS THE CAPTAIN OF THE SHIP. HE PLOTTED THE COURSE, WE TRIMMED THE SAILS TO FOLLOW IT. WHEN STEVE PASSED, THE PLANETS WOBBLED. THE SHIP WAS BUCKETED. BUT THEN AN AMAZING THING HAPPENED. THE PLANETS CONTAINED IN THE ORBITS SHINING BRIGHTLY. THE CREW EVEN THE — AND THE SHIP CONTINUED ON THE COURSE STEVE HAD SET. THIS IS REAL TRIBUTE TO THE STAFF AT NIAMS, THAT THEY HAD A POSITIVE DETERMINATION THAT WE WERE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER INDEED ALL IN THE SAME BOAT. AND WE SAW OURSELVES AS KEEPERS OF STEVE’S LEGACY. BY INTERNALIZING STEVE’ VALUE WE AT NIAMS CONTINUE TO FEEL HIS FORCE. NIAMS EXEMPLIFIES WHICH WILL BE A COMMON THEME. STEVE IS THROUGH THE — CONTINUE FEELING OF HIS FORCE HE REMAINS WITH US EVEN WHEN HE’S NOT AMONGST US. HIS IMPACT PERSISTS. BUT WHAT I WANT TO CELEBRATE TODAY IS NOT THE IMPACT ITSELF BUT THE MORE FUNDAMENTAL FACT THAT HIS LASTING IMPACT SHOWS THAT ONE, WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. I DON’T KNOW MUCH, I’M A PERSON WITH A LOT OF DOUBT. TO QUOTE SUMMARIZE QUICK AND STEIN NOT ONLY CANNOT KNOW ANYTHING WE CAN’T EVEN TALK ABOUT IT. BUT I BELIEVE THAT STEVE’S LIFE DEMONSTRATES ONE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE, HIS GOOD DEEDS SOLVE THE PROBLEMS FOR MYRIADS OF INDIVIDUALS, HE MADE NIAMS AND NIH STRONGER INSTITUTIONS AND HELPED THE COUNTRY. BY A STUDY OF SKIN AND ITS DISEASES, HE REDUCED SUFFERING ACROSS THE GLOBE. THE TAKE HOME IS THAT EACH OF US, ALL OF US IN OUR LIVES CAN DO SOME OF THIS. THAT’S WHY WE ARE IN PUBLIC SERVICE. WE WANT TOUCH THE WORLD. BUT MORE GENERALLY, THIS IS A MESSAGE FOR ALL OF US WHO CARE ABOUT EACH OTHER AND THE WORLD. THERE’S A LINE I SAW YESTERDAY FROM A SONG ON THE NEW VAMPIRE WEEKEND ALBUM THAT GOES, THIS LIFE AND ALL ITS SUFFERING, OH CHRIST AM I GOOD FOR NOTHING? WELL, STEVE ANSWER IT IS QUESTION, WHAT GREATER GIFT CAN A PERSON GIVE THAN THE PROFOUND DEMONSTRATION THAT YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE, THAT YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. WHAT STEVE DID ACCOMPLISHED WAS MAZING BUT WHAT A GIFT JUST TO SHOW THAT YOU CAN LEAVE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE. THANK YOU, STEVE. [APPLAUSE]>>GOOD AFTERNOON. I’M LARRY TABAK, DEPUTY DIRECTOR AFTER NIH. — AT NIH. MANY OF YOU MET STEVE KATZ BECAUSE OF HIS UNIQUE EXPERTISE IN DERMATOLOGY. THAT’S HOW I MET HIM. BUT NOT DUE TO A SHARED SCIENTIFIC INTEREST OR A LUMP BUMP OR DISCOLORATION OF MY OWN SKIN. BUT RATHER BECAUSE OF HIS CO-EDITORSHIP OF THE WELL KNOWN TEXTBOOK FITZPATRICK’S DERMATOLOGY AND GENERAL MEDICINE. WITH LOWELL GOLDSMITH THE FORMER DEAN OF SCHOOL OF MEDICINE UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER WHO WAS THE CO-EDITOR. STEVE WAS CHAIRING THE SEARCH COMMITTEE FOR THE NEXT DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DENTAL AND CRANIOFACIAL RESEARCH AND HE REACHED OUT TO HIS CO-EDITOR AND FRIEND, LOWELL TO FIND OUT ABOUT THIS DENTIST WHO WAS DEAN OF RESEARCH AT HIS MEDICAL SCHOOL. STEVE WAS PRETTY AGGRESSIVE IN RECRUITING ME S. AND I WENT INTO HIS OFFICE AND I ASKED LOWELL, TELL ME ABOUT THIS GUY KATZ. AND LOWELL WAS VERY SUCCINCT. STEVE IS A MINCH. FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT FAMILIAR, TO PARAPHRASE GUY KAWASAKI, THE QUALITIES OF A MENTIONED CLUE HELP MANY PEOPLE WITHOUT ANY EXPECTATION OF RETURN, DO THE RIGHT THING THE RIGHT WAY, AND PAY BACK SOCIETY. I JOINED NIH’S NIDCR DIRECTOR IN AUGUST OF 2000, MY WIFE ROBIN AND I HAD RENTED ONE OF THE SO CALLED CAMPUS QUARTERS AND OUR FIRST FRIDAY NIGHT THERE SOMEONE OVERWHELMED BY THE MUTE TUESDAY OF UNOPENED BOXES MORE IMPORTANTLY BY THE UNCERTAINTIES OF OUR FUTURE WE WERE STUNNED TO SEE STEVE AT OUR DOOR WITH A BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE AND A HALLA TO WELCOME US TO THE NIH FAMILY. WHEN I ARRIVED AT NIH STEVE DUBBED ME WITH THE NICKNAME MIKEY. AFTER THE LITTLE KID WHOSE OLDER BROTHER FED HIM LIFE SERIAL IN THE FAY — CEREAL IN THE FAMOUS TV COMMERCIAL, TO SEE IF MIKEY LIKED IT. EVERY TIME WE ARE AT A MEETING AND STEVE WANTED TO KNOW WHAT THE EXTRAMURAL COMMUNITY MIGHT THINK ABOUT SOMETHING, HE WOULD ASK OUTLOUD WHAT DOES MIKEY THINK ABOUT THAT? I HAVE TO SAY I WAS A BIT TAKEN ABACK BY THIS APPROACH. BUT I DECIDED TO ROLE WITH IT AND OVER TIME I STARTED TO FEEL LIKE ONE OF STEVE’S FRIENDS. EVENTUALLY ROBIN AND PI BECAME HONORARY MEMBERS OF THE KATZ’ FAMILY AND I FELT I WAS SO VERY LUCKY TO HAVE STEVE AS A TRUSTED COLLEAGUE AND AS A VERY SPECIAL MENTOR. IT WAS ONLY YEARS LATER THAT I REALIZE THAT MANY, MANY PEOPLE FELT THIS WAY ABOUT STEVE, HE HAD THIS REMARKABLE CAPACITY TO BEFRIEND AND MENTOR SCORES OF PEOPLE WHETHER THEY BE IN THE NEXT OFFICE OR HUNDREDS, THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY. NOW, THERE ARE MINCHES AND THEN TO COIN A PHRASE THERE ARE BIG MINCHES. A ONCE IN A GENERATION MINCH. WHEN STEVE STRAUSS BECAME ILL, STEVE KATZ SHOWED EXTRAORDINARY COMPASSION, DEVOTION AND CARE, NOT ONLY TO STEVE STRAUSS BUT TO HIS FAMILY AND ALL HIS FRIENDS AS WELL. YOU SEE, STEVE HAD THIS SPECIAL POWER TO ABSORB THE HURT, THE FEAR AND THE SADDENS THAT PEOPLE OFTEN FEEL DURING TIMES OF PERSONAL CHALLENGE AND DISTRESS AND PROVIDE THEM WITH A RESPITE AND STRENGTH TO GO ON. I WAS WITNESS TO THIS MANY TIMES AND ALSO A BENEFICIARY. STEVE HAS BEEN PHYSICALLY TAKEN FROM US BUT HIS ACTIONS CONTINUE TO SERVE AS THE GUIDE FOR ALL OF US AS WE STRIVE FOR MINCHDON GADO. [APPLAUSE]>>GOOD AFTERNOON. I’M VIVIAN PINN, I WAS THE FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF RESEARCH ON WOMEN’S HEALTH NOW RETIRED AND ALSO NOW SENIOR SCIENTIST EMERITUS AT THE FOGARTY INTERNATIONAL CENTER. AND I’M REALLY HONORED TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE A TRIBUTE TO DR. KATZ WHO SUPPORT FOR OFFICE OF RESEARCH ON WOMEN’S HEALTH AND FOR ME PERSONALLY WERE TREMENDOUS. I TRIED TO THINK OF A HUMOROUS EPISODE TO RECOUNT FOR THIS OCCASION BUT I COULDN’T COME UP WITH ONE, ALWAYS I COULD RECALL WERE THE RESPECT AND ADMIRATION THAT I HAD FOR HIM AS A MAN OF ACTION AND AS A GENTLEMAN. OF COURSE, I STILL VISUALIZE THAT LITTLE SMILE WHICH COULD BE SO DISARMING, YET COMFORTING WHEN HE WAS APPROACHED USUALLY WITH SOME REQUEST FROM ME FOR ADVICE OR FOR HIS INSTITUTE HELP WITH NEW CHALLENGING EFFORT I HAD IN MIND BUT WASN’T SURE HOW TO APPROACH. MANY OF THE MAJOR CONDITIONS OF NIAMS MISSION AREA ARE IN MR. CORDER: DANCE WITH WOMEN’S — CONCORDANCE WITH WOMEN’S HEALTH RESEARCH. DR. KATZ ENCOURAGED THOSE OPPORTUNITIES FOR COLLABORATION TO OUR BENEFIT AND TO THE BENEFIT OF THOSE AFFLICTED BY OR STUDYING TO DISEASES. AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE SUCH AS LUPUS IS AN EXAMPLE WHICH HE ACTIVELY PROVIDED OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR OFFICE TO PARTNER IN INVESTIGATIVE INITIATIVES AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH. THE OSTEOARTHRITIS INITIATIVE IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF A MULTI-CENTER AND BROAD PARTNERSHIP IN WHICH HE ENSURED THAT OUR OFFICE WAS A STRONG PARTNER. IT WASN’T BECAUSE OF THE SMALL AMOUNT OF DOLLARS THAT WE PUT IN THAT CONTRIBUTED TO THAT EFFORT. BUT BECAUSE HE RECOGNIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS INITIATIVE TO THE MISSION OF THE OFFICE OF RESEARCH ON WOMEN’S HEALTH. I CAN THINK OF MANY AREAS IN WHICH I SOUGHT HIS ASSISTANCE AND RECEIVED NOT ONLY HIS PERSONAL SUPPORT BUT THAT OF HIS STAFF. ONE EXAMPLE THAT STANDS OUT FOR ME IS WHEN WE WANTED TO BEGIN THE SPECIALIZED CENTERS OF RESEARCH ON SEX AND GENDER DIFFERENCES, WHICH WOULD BECOME ONLY THE SECOND MAJOR FUNDING INITIATIVE TO ORIGINATE IN OUR OFFICE. I MADE AN APPOINTMENT TO ASK HIM FIRST COULD THIS WORK BECAUSE I NEEDED HIS ADVICE ON WHETHER TO GO FORWARD AND SECOND, IF IT WOULD OR COULD, COULD WE POSSIBLY GET HIS HELP IN ORIGINATEK THIS GRANT PROGRAM. I APPROACHED APPREHENSIVE BECAUSE I WAS ASKING A LOT BUT NOT ONLY DID HE PROVIDE GUIDANCE, HE AGREED TO ADMINISTRATIVELY SUPPORT THIS NEW INITIATIVE FOR US. HE ASSIGNED ONE OF HIS LEADING RESEARCH PROGRAM ADMINISRATORS TO HELP US DRAFT THE PROGRAM AND WITHIN A FEW WEEKS THE SCORES WERE BORN. AND BECAME ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING AND HALLMARK PROGRAMS THE OFFICE OF RESEARCH ON WOMEN’S HEALTH DURING MY YEARS AT THE NIH. THESE ARE JUST A FEW EXAMPLES OF HOW HE ALWAYS RESPONDED. GIVING ME CAUTION, IF MY IDEAS WERE QUESTIONABLE, BUT LENDING HIS SUPPORT AND THAT OF HIS STAFF WHEN HE AGREED. HIS PERSONAL INTERESTS AND WISE COUNSEL WERE INVALUABLE. DR. KATZ WAS ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT PROMOTING AND PROMOTING AND MENTORING WOMEN AND MINORITIES. AND EVEN STRUGGLING NEW LEADERS, ATTEMPTING TO NAVIGATE THE WORLD OF NIH SUCH AS I WAS. I RECALL WHEN I SPOKE TO THE WOMEN’S DERMATOLOGIC SOCIETY OF ONE OF THEIR NATIONAL MEETINGS AND I ACKNOWLEDGED DR. KATZ WHO WAS IN THE AUDIENCE. THE SPONTANEOUS APPLAUSE AND CHEERS FROM THE AUDIENCE OF DERMATOLOGISTS SIGNALED TO ME THAT I WAS NOT ALONE IN JUST LOVING THIS WONDERFUL GENEROUS AND WARM POSITION WHO ALSO — PHYSICIAN WHO ALSO WAS A NOTED DERMATOLOGIST. DR. MCGOWAN WHO LED MUSCULOSKELETAL RESEARCH FOR NIAMS FOR MANY YEARS DESCRIBED DR. KATZ AS AND I QUOTE A RARE COMBINATION OF SCIENTIFIC DEPTH, ADMINISTRATIVE SAVVY AND PERSONAL WARMth. I CAN IMPROVE BY ADDING WOMEN’S HEALTH RESEARCH AND MY PERSONAL GROWTH AT NIH WERE RICHLY REWARDED THROUGH HIS KIND ATTENTION. HIS LEGACY MUST ALSO INCLUDE HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN’S HEALTH AND SEX AND GENDER BASED RESEARCH AND TO THE CAREERS OF MANY. INCLUDING MINE. [APPLAUSE]>>WELL, ELIAS ZERHOUNI, I USED TO WORK HERE. IT’S A GREAT HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO SPEAK AND TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF STEVE. JUST LIKE MIKEY, I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME I SPOKE TO STEVE. IT WAS A PHONE CALL, I WAS AT HOPKINS AND HE WAS HEADING THE RECRUITMENT FOR THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF BIOIMAGING AND BIOENGINEERING. SO I GET THIS CALL FROM STEVE KATZ, I DIDN’T KNOW HIM. HE SAYS WELL I I’M CALLING YOU FROM NIH, AND HE KNEW FROM MY RESPONSE THAT I WASN’T REALLY ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THIS AND I SAID WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO EXACTLY? HE SAID CONSIDER. THEN I SAID WELL, I’M REALLY BUSY HERE AT HOPKINS. HE SAID JUST DON’T SAY NO. JUST LISTEN TO ME. AND HE WENT ON TO DESCRIBE FOR ME HIS NIH. HE DIDN’T SAY ME, HE DIDN’T SAY DIRECTOR, HE SAID MY NIH IS LIKE THIS AND IS LIKE THAT. AND HE EXPLAINED IT TO ME IN A WAY THAT MADE IT EASIER TO ACCEPT NEXT JOB THAT CAME UP WHICH WAS THAT OF THE NIH DIRECTOR. I TOLD HIM, I SAID YOU ARE THE BEST ADVOCATE FOR NIH. SO WHEN YOU SELL BRAY SOMEONE’S LIFE YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO ASK A QUESTION, WHAT IS THE SIZE OF THE VOID THEY LEAVE? THE VOID LEFT BY STEVE IS ENORMOUS. I WILL TELL YOU A FEW ANECDOTES, FOR WHY I THINK THAT. THE FIRST THING THAT HAPPENED WHEN I CAME HERE IS THAT I WAS LOOKING AROUND TO SEE WHO ARE THE TEAM LEADERS, WHO ARE THE PEOPLE WHO REALLY SHAPE THE OPINION BECAUSE THAT’S A VERY IMPORTANT THING TO DO. VERY EARLY, VERY QUICKLY I REMEMBER HIS PHONE CALL, I REMEMBER HE WAS SAYING THE SAME THING WHEN I CAME AS NEW DIRECTOR. I I SAID THERE’S CONSISTENCY IN STEVE’S FEELINGS ABOUT THE NIH AND WHEN YOU TALK TO HIM THERE WAS A CHARACTERISTIC THAT I THINK IS PRETTY UNIQUE. THAT IS STEVE THOUGHT OF THE INSTITUTION FIRST NIH, HE WAS A CITIZEN OF NIH, AND THEN THE INSTITUTE, HIS INSTITUTE AND THEN STEVE, WHICH IS MARK OF A GREAT CITIZEN, GREAT MAN BECAUSE TYPICALLY WE’RE SELFISH, WE THINK OF OURSELVES AND MAYBE OUR INSTITUTE AND IT LASTS THE NIH. THEN WHEN I STARTED TO WORK WITH HIM I REALIZE HIS GENEROSITY, HIS INTEGRITY, AND HIS JUDGMENT. LET ME TELL YOU A FEW STORIES HERE, I JUST REMEMBER THE BAND, YOU REMEMBER WE CREATED A DIRECTOR’S BAND THAT I’M A LOUSY MUSICIAN, I PLAY A LITTLE PIANO AND FRANKLY THEY PUT UP WITH ME. SO ONE TIME WE WERE PRACTICING AND AT OSHEA’S HOUSE ACTUALLY, I WAS HORRIBLE. I COULDN’T FOLLOW THE TUNE, COULDN’T DO ANYTHING. I WAS GOING TO GIVE UP. AND I SAID I’M EMBARRASSING MYSELF, JOHN BURKLOE SAY NO, IT’S GOOD FOR YOU BECAUSE IT HUMANIZES YOU. SO THE STORY GOES, I TALK TO STEVE AND I SAID STEVE, I’M SO BAD, I’M EMBARRASSING YOU GUY, LET ME JUST QUIT. YOU SAY LISTEN YOU’RE — HE SAID YOU’RE NOT QUITTING. YOU’RE GOING TO STICK TO IT, WE’RE GOING TO LEARN, WE’LL TEACH YOU, STAY WITH US. SO I STAYED ON THAT, THEN IT HELPED THE NIH AND YOU CAN BELIEVABLE WAY AND I WILL TELL YOU THE ANECDOTE THAT ACTUALLY MADE THE NIH WIN IN ONE OF THE BUDGET CYCLES BECAUSE ONE OF THE THINGS STEVE TOLD ME WHEN I CAME WAS NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO DON’T LOSE THE DOUBLING OF THE NIH. YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE THE DOUBLING OF THE BUDGET HAPPENS BUT THEN WE HAD THE ROADMAP. THE ROADMAP FUNDING WAS SHIFTING MONEY FROM INSTITUTES THROUGH THE ROADMAP AND HE SAID YOU HAVE TO FIND A SOLUTION HERE BECAUSE WE DON’T LIKE TO HAVE OUR POCKETS PICKED AROUND HERE. I SAID WELL, WHAT DO WE DO? SO WE DISCUSSED IT AND FRANCIS YOU’RE PART OF THAT, DAVID OBE WAS HEAD OF APPROPRIATIONS IN CONGRESS, HE WAS STILL MINORITY, DEMOCRATS HAD NOT WON BUT STEVE SAID THE NEXT TIME I THINK THE DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO WIN, WE BETTER DO SOMETHING AND BECOME FRIENDS. SO WHAT WE DID, WE INVITED — WE DISTRICT. I SAID I’M NOT GOING THERE BY MYSELF. AND YOU KNOW WHAT, FRANCIS AND STEVE SAID HE LOVES MUSIC. WHY DON’T WE GO SPEND SOME TIME WITH DAVID. I’M TALKING THINGS NOW THAT ARE TEN YEARS OLD SO IT’S NOT A PROBLEM, FRANCIS. BUT WE WENT. AND WE SPENT A WHOLE THREE DAYS, HIS DISTRICT IS VERY LONG, 500 MILES LONG AND WE WOULD STOP AND HAVE A BEER AND HE WOULD PLAY THE HARMONICA AND STEVE WOULD PLAY MUSIC. AND FRANCIS. THE NEXT YEAR THEY WERE ELECTED AND FIRST THING HE DID HE HAD A JOINT RESOLUTION AND FULLY FUND THE ROADMAP IF YOU RECALL. STEVE COULD NOT BE HAPPIER. SO I REMEMBER THAT. THE OTHER THING I WANT TO TELL YOU, YOU HEARD A LITTLE BIT OF THAT WITH LARRY’S RECRUITMENT, HE WAS A TOP NOTCH RECRUITER. HE COULD SENSE PEOPLE AND HE ALWAYS HELPED ME WITH THAT. SO WE RECRUITED 17 DIRECTORS AND CENTER DIRECTORS DURING MY TENURE. I WOULD SAY HALF OF THE SEARCH COMMITTEES HE LED. BUT HE GAVE ME AN OLD THING HE BELIEVE IN VERY STRONGLY. HE SAID DON’T RECRUIT SOMEBODY UNLESS YOU HAVE GONE TO DINNER WITH THEM. I REMEMBER YOU MAY REMEMBER SOME OF YOU, FOR THE DIRECTORS WHO CAME AFTER 2003 YOU OWE A LOT OF APPOINTMENT TO STEVE. AND TO THE DINNERS WE WENT THROUGH BECAUSE AT THE END HE SAID YOU KNOW, YOU CAN TELL THE REAL NATURE OF SOMEONE WHEN YOU HAVE — YOU BREAK BREAD WITH THEM. BE HUMAN. AND HE WAS THAT WAY WITH PATIENT ORGANIZATIONS. YOU COULD NOT IMAGINE — YOU HAVE SEEN THE QUOTE, THE ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION TRUSTED HIM BETTER THAN THEY TRUSTED ME SO I WHEN I HAVE TO SELL SOMETHING I HAVE TO TALK TO STEVE, I SAID PLEASE TELL THE ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION TO GIVE ME A BREAK. SO HE WAS THE ADVOCATE, HE WAS THE WENT ESSENTIAL DIPLOMAT. WHEN I LOOK BACK AND SAY WHAT DO I REMEMBER, I REMEMBER THE FUNDAMENTALS OF HUMAN BEING THAT WAS SO TRUE TO HIS INSTITUTION. IT’S TO ME THE IMAGE I HAVE IS THAT OF NIH FOREST. NO TREES IN THE FOREST BUT THERE ARE SPECIAL TREES AND STEVE WAS A SPECIAL TREE, YOU KNOW WHY? BECAUSE THE ROOTS OF HIS TREE WERE DEEP. ACTUALLY HE TOLD ME HE SAID YOU KNOW, I’M THE ONLY ONE HERE NOT A TRANSPLANTED DIRECTOR. I WAS BORN IN BETHESDA, I GREW UP IN BETHESDA, I’M THE ONLY ONE THAT REALLY UNDERSTANDS NIH I GAVE MY LIFE TO NIH. SO HE HAD DEEP ROOTS BUT HE ALSO HAD VERY LONG BRANCHES CONNECTING TO EVERYONE. AND HE HAD THIS OPTIMISM AND SENSE OF HUMOR THAT I WILL ALWAYS MISS. SO THE VOID IS LARGE BUT WE CELEBRATE STEVE KATZ BECAUSE HE DESERVES IT. THANK YOU.>>I’M STORY LANDIS, I WAS THE DIRECTOR OF NINDS FROM 2003 TO 2014. STEVE WAS REMARKABLY WISE, KIND AND GENEROUS PERSON, AS ELIAS HAS TOLD US, HE WAS COMPLETELY COMMITTED TO THE NIH AND ITS MISSION. I WAS EXTRAORDINARILY FORTUNATE TO HAVE HAD STEVE AS A COLLEAGUE, A MENTOR AND A GUIDE. AND THESE WERE ROLES STEVE PLAYED FOR MANY OF THE INSTITUTE DIRECTORS WHO STARTED WHEN HE WAS HERE. AND HE WAS BOTH OFFICIAL MENTOR AND UNOFFICIAL MEMBERTOR, SOMETIMES ASSIGNED TO YOU, OTHER TIMES HE JUST PUT YOU UNDER HIS WING. FOR ME, HE DID A NUMBER OF EXTRAORDINARY THINGS AND I WANT TO GIVE YOU A COUPLE OF EXAMPLES. HE INITIATED ME INTO THE COMPLEXITIES OF THE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY COMMUNITIES. NIH HAD BEEN — THERE WAS LEGISLATION THAT DEMANDED THE NIH ESTABLISH SIX MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY CENTERS AND TWO FROM NINDS, TWO FROM NIAMS AND TWO FROM NICHD. THERE ARE MANY KINDS OF MUSCULAR DYSTROPHIES, THEY HAVE GENETIC ORIGINS INCREDIBLY DIFFERENT PATHOLOGIES BUT THEY SHARED ONE THING. THEY WERE VERY FRUSTRATED BY HOW SLOW IT WAS TO GET ADVANCES. ALL OF THAT FRUSTRATION WAS FUNNELED THROUGH THE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY COORDINATING COMMITTEE. STEVE AND THE NICHD DIRECTOR AND THE NINDS DIRECTOR HAD SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FOR CHAIRING THAT. STEVE WAS VERY GENEROUS WHEN I BECAME NINDS DIRECTOR AND HE CARRIED FORWARD THE CHAIRMANSHIP FOR SEVERAL EXTRA YEARS TO LET ME GET MY FEET ON THE GROUND AND KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH THAT COMMUNITY. IT’S WHAT ELIAS SAID ABOUT ME BEING ABLE TO COPE WITH PATIENT COMMUNITIES THAT WERE QUITE IMPATIENT, QUITE REASONABLY IMPATIENT. STEVE WAS ALSO WILLING TO TAKE ON, HAD A PENCHANT FOR TAKING ON THE ISSUES. FOR EXAMPLE, HE EXERCISED EXTRAORDINARILY — EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP AND HELPING THE INSTITUTES WHO SUPPORTED REHABILITATION RESEARCH DEAL WITH THE EXCEPTIONAL DEMANDS OF A REPORT FOR HOW TO BETTER FORWARD RESEARCH AND REHABILITATION MEDICINE. THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MEDICAL REHABILITATION RESEARCH, NICHD RECEIVED A REPORT THAT ACTUALLY RECOMMENDED THEY BECOME THEIR OWN INSTITUTE, IT WASN’T GOING TO HAPPEN BUT SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED FUNDING AT A TIME WHEN THE NIH BUDGET WAS DECREASING. STEVE DID A MASTERFUL JOB OF SORTING OUT WHAT WAS FEASIBLE AND WHAT WASN’T. HE SERVED ON I THINK PROBABLY EVERY COMMITTEE THAT WAS INTERESTED IN IN OVERSIGHT AND SUPPORT FOR THE CLINICAL CENTER AND HE DID AN UNBELIEVABLY GOOD JOB OF BALANCING THE NEEDS OF THE CLINICAL CENTER. WITH THE CONCERNS OF THE INSTITUTES. BUT THE BEST EXAMPLE OF STEVE’S GENEROSITY IS IN HIS WILLINGNESS TO SACRIFICE SOMETHING HE THOUGHT WOULD BE WONDERFUL FOR NIAMS FOR THE NIH AS A WHOLE SO PAT GRADY AND I WERE CHAIRS OF THE SEARCH COMMITTEE TO IDENTIFY A NEW DIRECTOR OF INSTITUTE FORMALLY KNOWN AS NCCAM. I HAVE TO SAY WE WERE STRUGGLING A BIT FINDING GOOD CANDIDATES. STEVE WHO HAD BEEN THINKING VERY SERIOUSLY OF RECRUITING JOCIE BRIGGS WHO LEFT NIH TO GO TO HMMI TO COME BE DEPUTY DIRECTOR. ACTUALLY CALL PAT AND I AND PAT AND ME, AND SAID YOU KNOW, JOCIE WOULD BE A GREAT DIRECTOR OF NCCAM. SO HE UNSELFISHLY RECOMMENDED WE CONSIDER HER AND THAT HE NO LONGER PURSUE HER AS HIS DEPUTY DIRECTOR. HE OBVIOUSLY DID A EXCELLENT JOB PICKING DR. CARTER, SO IT WASN’T SUCH A HUGE LOSS BUT THAT WAS THE CASE AT THE TIME HE PUT THE NIH AHEAD OF HIS OWN INSTITUTE. HE THOUGHT NCCAM’S NEED WAS GREATER THAN NIAMS. SO STEVE’S DOOR WAS ALWAYS OPEN, HIS INTEREST WAS GENUINE AND HIS ADVICE, HEART FELT AND HONEST. I’M VERY SORRY HE’S NO LONGER WITH US BUT I’M EXTRAORDINARILY GRATEFUL I WAS ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM HIS ADVICE AND SUPPORT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [APPLAUSE]>>I’M TONY FAUCI, DIRECTOR OF THE THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES. STEVE ALWAYS USED TO JOKE WITH ME THAT I WAS OLDER THAN HE WAS. HE LIKED TO STRESS THIS POINT SINCE I WAS BORN EXACTLY 33 DAYS BEFORE HE WAS IN A NEIGHBORHOOD IN BROOKLYN NOT TOO FAR FROM THE BROOKLYN NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE HE WAS BORN. I NEVER DISAGREE WITH ELIAS ZERHOUNI BUT HE WAS BORN IN BROOKLYN AND HE ALWAYS SAID HE CAME FROM BETHESDA. SO HE CAME 11 YEARS LATER. SO NO WAY COULD THESE TWO NEWBORN BABIES FROM BROOKLYN KNOW THEIR PATHS WOULD CROSS SOME 30 YEARS LATER TO BEGIN AN ENDURING FRIEND SHIP AND PROFESSIONAL COLLABORATION. STEVE AS MANY OF YOU KNOW DID HIS INTERNSHIP AT LOS ANGELES ABOUT DERMATOLOGY RESIDENCY IN MIAMI, WHILE I WAS DOING MY INTERNAL MEDICINE RESIDENCY BACK P NEW YORK CITY. STEVE THEN GOT HIS Ph.D. IN LONDON WHILE I WAS DOING MY FELLOWSHIP RIGHT HERE IN NIH. AND THEN THE TWO KIDS WHO WERE BORN DAYS APART, IN BROOKLYN NEIGHBORHOODS WITHIN JOGGING DISTANCE OF EACH OTHER, FINALLY MET IN 1974 ON THE CLINICAL WARDS OF THIS VERY BUILDING THAT WE ARE IN RIGHT NOW. STEVE WAS A YOUNG SENIOR INVESTIGATOR IN THE DERMATOLOGY BRANCH OF THE NCI AND I WAS A YOUNG SENIOR INVESTIGATOR IN THE LABORATORY OF CLINICAL INVESTIGATION OF NIAID. SO I KNEW STEVE WELL BEFORE HE BECAME THE ICONIC FIGURE THAT SO MANY IN THIS AUDIENCE ARE CELEBRATING TODAY. MANY OF MY PATIENTS AT THE TIME, THIS WAS WELL BEFORE HIV AIDS, HAD IMMUNE MEDIATED VASCULITIS AND THEY HAD DERMATOLOGY PROBLEMS AND STEVE WOULD OFTEN BE CALLED AS THE DERMATOLOGY CONSULT, THAT WAS WHEN MY RESPECT AND MY DEEP ADMIRATION FROM HIM BEGAN TO EMERGE. STEVE WAS A CONSUMMATE PHYSICIAN ENCYCLOPEDIC IN HIS KNOWLEDGE, WITH AN ENDEERING BEDSIDE MANNER. HE WOULD SOLVE DIAGNOSTIC PROBLEMS OF THE SKIN THAT HAD EVERY ONE OF US PUZZLED. NOW, STEVE’S BRANCH HAD MANY GOOD DERMATOLOGISTS AND WHEN YOU ASK FOR A CONSULT, YOU CAN GET ANYONE OF THEM. HOWEVER, I OFTEN FOUND MYSELF BREAKING THE RULES AND DIRECTLY CALLING STEVE FOR DIFFICULT CASES. BUT FOR GOOD REASON. THERE WAS ONLY ONE STEVE KATZ. SOON I LEARNED THAT HE WAS A WORLD-CLASS IMMUNODERMATOLOGIST RESEARCHER WIDELY RESPECTED NOT ONLY FOR HIS CLINICAL CAPABILITIES BUT FOR HIS DERMATOLOGY RESEARCH CONTRIBUTIONS. SO MY RESPECT AND ADMIRATION GREW IMMENSELY. AND OUR DECADES OF LONG FRIENDSHIP BEGAN. AFTER 20 YEARS OF THIS EXTRAORDINARILY ENJOYABLE PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP, THE DIRECTORSHIP OF NIAMS OPENED AND HAROLD VARMUS ASKED ME TOGETHER ON THE SEARCH COMMITTEE FOR THE NEW DIRECTOR. THE JOYCE OF STEVE WAS EASY. SO MANY OF MY IC DIRECTOR COLLEAGUES EXPERIENCED ON A WEEKLY AND DAILY BASIS OVER THE PAST 24 YEARS STEVE WAS IN A CLASS BY HIMSELF. HE WAS TRULY A FORCE OF NATURE. HIS ANALYTICAL SKILLS, HIS HEART FELT COMPASSION FOR MAN KIND, HIS DEEP INTEGRITY, AND HIS AMAZING SENSE OF HUMOR WERE WONDER TO BEHOLD. AS IMPORTANT WAS HIS UNSELFISH DEVOTION AS WE HAVE HEARD TO THE NIH AS A WHOLE WELL BEYOND HIS OBVIOUS ALEE JEANS TO HIS OWN INSTITUTE — ALLEGIANCE TO HIS OWN INSTITUTE. THERE WAS NO TASK HE WOULD NOT UNDERSTOOD TAKETOR THE GOOD OF NIH. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME AND FOR SO MANY COLLEAGUES TO REFLECT ON THE RECENT HISTORY OF NIH WITHOUT SEEING STEVE’S WARM AND SOMEWHAT MISCHIEVOUS SMILE LOOKING DOWN ON US. WE MISS HIM EVERY DAY. BUT IN SO MANY WAYS HE WILL ALWAYS BE WITH US. [APPLAUSE]>>I EACH RICHARD HODES, DIRECTOR NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGEK, SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN THOSE PAYING TRIBUTE TO STEVE. WE HAVE KNOWN EACH OTHER HERE FOR 40 YEARS, AS FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES, ASTUTE DIRECTORS, — AS INSTITUTE DIRECTORS AND THERE’S NEVER BEEN A PERSON LIKE STEVE. HE HAD AN OPEN DOOR POLICY BUT THAT DIDN’T TELL ALL BECAUSE ONCE THE DOOR WAS OPEN THERE WAS STEVE WITH HIS HEART, HIS INTELLECT AND HIS MIND WILLING TO HELP TO HELP BEYOND THE NEEDS HE MIGHT HAVE FOR HIMSELF BUT TO HELP ALL THOSE AROUND HIM. HE WAS EXTRAORDINARY IN THAT REGARD. THERE WAS NOT A COMPETITIVE BONE IN HIS BODY IN THE SENSE ALL HIS COMPETITION WAS DIRECT TO COMMON GOALS, IT WAS NEVER STEVE OVER ANYONE ELSE. THAT DISTINCTION CAME TO MY MINDS IN THINKING ABOUT AN EXERCISE SOME YEARS AGO WHEN THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING WAS TRYING TO ENCOURAGE EXERCISE IN FISCAL ACTIVITY AND IN ORDER TO DO SO WE ASKED A NUMBER OF THE NIH DIRECTORS, INSTITUTE DIRECTORS, TO FILM THEIR MESSAGES. SO WE HAD THE VERY COMPETITIVE AND AGGRESSIVE VOLLEYBALL DEMONSTRATION BY FRANCIS COLLINS. WE HAD THE POWERFUL SWIMMING EXHIBIT. ELIAS ZERHOUNI. WE HAD HAROLD VARMUS ON THE BIKE IMPRESSING THOSE AROUND HIM, WE HAD TONY FAUCI RUNNING. THEN WE HAD STEVE KATZ. IF I CAN TAKE THE LIBERTY OF A BRIEF VIDEO.>>I THINK THAT’S A VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION. ARE YOU EVER TO HOLD EXERCISE AND I THIS U YOU’RE NOT. FOR EXAMPLE IT WAS LONG THOUGHT THAT PEOPLE WITH ARTHRITIS SHOULDN’T EXERCISE. NOW IT’S BEEN WELL DOCUMENTED IN MANY STUDIES THAT PEOPLE WITH OSTEOARTHRITIS WILL IMPROVE THEIR JOINTS, WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE LESS PAIN, LESS DISABILITY WITH A SEARCH AMOUNT OF EXERCISE, I’M NOT TALKING VIGOROUS EXERCISE, I’M TALKING ABOUT WALKING. AND THAT TYPE OF EXERCISE. I FIND IT STIMULATING PSYCHOLODGE CLAY AS WELL AS — PSYCHOLOGICALLY AS WELL AS PHYSICALLY, IT’S IMPORTANT FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND PHYSICAL HEALTH, THAT’S WHY I DO IT. [APPLAUSE]>>SO THIS IS SO MANY WAYS STEVE WAS HIS OWN PERSON AND THIS WAS A MESSAGE TO HELP OTHERS. IT WAS NOT WHAT SO MANY OF US WERE INCLINED TO DO AND GIVE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OURSELVES. LOSING STEVE IS A HUGE VOID IN MY LIFE. AT A PERSONAL LEVEL MOST RECENTLY STEVE AND I TALKED ABOUT THE BIRTHS OF OUR FIRST GRANDCHILDREN, WE TALKED ABOUT THE TIMES WE WOULD HAVE LIVING AND LOVING THROUGH THIS TOGETHER. I’M GLAD WE HAD A CHANCE TO SHARE A BIT OF IT AND ONLY SORRY THERE IS NOT MORE. I FOR ALL OF US WHO KNEW STEVE FEEL SORROW HAVING LOST HIM BUT FOR MANY, MANY MANY WAYS, I THINK MOST ABOUT THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER KNOWN STEVE WILL NEVER KNOW STEVE CAN THEN ONLY SAY IN CLOSING THAT I HOPE AND BELIEVE THAT THE ENORMOUS STRENGTH AND IMPRINT STEVE HAD ON US WILL INDEED BE HIS LEGACY AND WE CAN THINK WHAT STEVE WOULD HAVE DONE WOULD DO IN CIRCUMSTANCES AND LET THE MEASURE OF HIS STRENGTH AND GENEROSITY OF CHARACTER EXTEND WELL BEYOND HIS OWN LIFE THROUGH ALL WE CAN DO TO PERPETUATE IT. THANK YOU, STEVE AND THANK YOU ALL FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY. [APPLAUSE]>>GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS HEIDI CONG, TENURE TRACK INVESTIGATOR IN THE DERMATOLOGY BRANCH OF NIAMS. STEVE WAS A SENIOR INVESTIGATOR IN THE DERMATOLOGY BRANCH FOR 40 YEARS. AND BRANCH CHIEF FOR 22 YEARS. STEVE WAS HIGHLY CELEBRATED AS BOTH AN ACTIVE AND PROMINENT LEADER IN THE DERMATOLOGY COMMUNITY AND NIAMS DIRECTOR IN SETTING IMPORTANT RESEARCH GOALS. TODAY I AM DEEPLY HONORED AND MAXIMUM HUMBLED TO BE ABLE TO TALK ABOUT THE ROLE OF HIS MENTORSHIP IN ACADEMIC DERMATOLOGY AND SKIN BIOLOGY. AS MANY KNOW, AND AS YOU HER, DERMATOLOGY WAS IN HIS BLOOD. STEVE, HIS BROTHER, HIS SON KEN, AND HIS NEPHEW, ALL DERMATOLOGISTS. BEYOND THIS, IT IS STEVE’S PERSONAL MENTORING OF GENERATIONS OF PHYSICIAN SCIENTISTS AND BECAMING AND SUSTAINING THE DERMATOLOGY BRANCH THAT HAD A PROFOUND GLOBAL INFLUENCE ON OUR FIELD. STEVE WAS A STRONG PROPONENT OF DEVELOPING PHYSICIAN SCIENTISTS AN DERMATOLOGY, HE MENTORED YOUNG TRAINEES IN THE DERM BRANCH, ENCOURAGED AND INSPIRED THEM AND SEND THEM AROUND THE WORLD. THESE INVESTIGATORS BUILT UP DERMATOLOGY DEPARTMENTS AND MENTORED THEIR OWN FACULTY AND TRAINEES MAINTAINING DEEP VALUES OF EFFECTIVE MENTORING SCIENTIFIC RIGOR AND COMMITMENT TO DERMATOLOGY. AMONG THE DERMATOLOGY BRANCH STEVE MENTORED OVER 50 CHAIRS OF DERMATOLOGY DEPARTMENTS AROUND THE U.S., JAPAN, KOREA, TAIWAN AND GERMANY. SEVERAL DEPARTMENT CHAIRS WENT ON TO BECOME DEANS OF THEIR MEDICAL SCHOOLS. BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES. THERE BY TRANSFORMING GENERATIONS OF ACADEMIC DERMATOLOGY AND ACADEMIC MEDICINE. STEVE CONTINUES TO MENTOR THE INDIVIDUALS WHEN THEY LEFT THE DERM BRANCH, GENEROUS WITH PRAISE AND MADE TIME WHEN SOMEONE NEEDED ADVICE. STEVE WAS AS YOU HEARD THE MENTORS MENTOR. SINCE HIS PASSING MANY SHARED THEIR PERSONAL CONNECTIONS TO STEVE AND SOMETIMES HOW JUST ONE CONVERSATION WITH STEVE CHANGED THE TRAJECTORY OF THEIR LIVES AND CAREERS IN INCREDIBLE WAYS. ON A PERSONAL NOTE, STEVE AND HIS EXTENSIVE INFLUENCE PLAY AD MAJOR ROLE IN THE TURNING POINTS OF MY CAREER. SEVERAL MENTORS AND LONG TIME FRIENDS WERE MY MENTORS. INCLUDING MY FORMER DUKE DERMATOLOGY DEPARTMENT CHAIR RUSS HALL WHO SPENT SEVERAL YEARS IN STEVE’S LAB. MARIA TURNING SENIOR CLINICIAN SINCE RETIRED FROM THE DERM BRANCH, MARK UDI FORMER BRANCH CHIEF I. I ALSO MET MY LONG TIME RESEARCH PARTNER THROUGH STEVE’S CONNECTIONS. WHEN I INTERVIEWED WITH STEVE, MARK, MARIA AND THE OTHER PIs IN 2003, THE DERM BRANCH ETHOS AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO PERFORM EXCITING TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH DREW ME HERE. I WOULD NOT BE HERE TODAY AT THE NIH DOING THE RESEARCH I LOVE IF IT HADN’T BEEN FOR STEVE AND HIS MENTORSHIP OF OTHERS AND ME. FOR THAT I’M DEEPLY GRATEFUL TO HIM. THAT IS ONLY MY OWN PATH. IN SKIN RESEARCH. IF ONE CONSIDERS WHAT STEVE DID FOR ME AND MULTIPLY THAT BY THE NUMEROUS INTERACTIONS THAT HE HAD EVERY DAY, WITH HIS MENTEES AND COLLEAGUES FOR MANY DECADES, ONE BEGINS TO SEE WHAT STEVE’S INFLUENCE HAS BEEN ON OUR FIELD. THERE’S NO OTHER PERSON WHO HAS DONE MORE FOR RAISING THE PROFILE OF SKIN BIOLOGY RESEARCH. THROUGH HIS OWN RESEARCH AS WE HAVE HEARD THROUGH HIS FOSTERING OF THE DERMATOLOGY BRANCH, MEMBERS ALUMS AND COMMUNITY OF RESEARCH EXCELLENCE AND COLLEGIALITY. AS WELL AS HIS PERSONAL MENTORSHIP OF THE MANY INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE CARRIED HISLING SHY ACROSS THE GLOBE. THE DEEP UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO IS H FAMILY, HE WAS GENEROUSLY SHARED WITH HIS EXTENDED DERM BRANCH FAMILY. STEVE INITIATED INITIATE AND FOSTERED THIS COLLEGIAL ENVIRONMENT OF THE BRANCH WE CONTINUE TO STRIVE FOR TODAY. STEVE’S SPIRIT LIVES ON IN THE SAME WE HAVE ONCE A EBB MANY OF THE DERM BRANCH, ALWAYS A MEMBER OF THE DERM BRANCH. THANK YOU TO STEVE’S FAMILY FOR SHARING HIM AND ESPECIALLY THANK YOU, STEVE, WE MISS YOU. [APPLAUSE]>>GOOD AFTERNOON. I’M HAROLD VARMUS. I KNEW VERY LITTLE ABOUT STEVES KATZ UNTIL 1995 WHEN AS THE DIRECTOR OF THE NIH I WAS IN CHARGE OF THE RESPONSIBILITY TO REPLACE LARRY SHULMAN WHO HAD BEEN THE DIRECTOR OF — I WILL NOT USE THE ACRONYM, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ARTHRITIS, MUSCULOSKELETAL AND SKIN DISEASE. IN THE COURSE OF OUR DISCUSSIONS DESPITE WHAT TONY HAD TO SAY A MOMENT AGO, ROUSCH KERSTHEIN DIRECTOR OF NIH MENTIONED STEVE MIGHT BE A GOOD SUCCESSOR TO LARRY SHULMAN, I WAS SKEPTICAL, WHY WOULD A DERMATOLOGIST, RENOWN ONE WHO HAD DONE BASIC RESEARCH AT THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE FOR DECADES, BE WELCOMED, OR EVEN TOLERATED BY THE STAFF, THE GRANTEES, THE ADVOCATES OF WHAT IS CONVENTIONALLY KNOWN AS ARTHRITIS INSTITUTE. STILL I MET WITH STEVE AND IMMEDIATELY SAW WHY RUTH RECOMMENDED HIM. THE STAFF, THE GRANTEES AND ADVOCATES OF NIAMS AS WE CALL IT NOW, ALSO SAW THESE THINGS THAT ACCEPTED HIM, EVENTUALLY SO DID MANY OTHERS, SCIENTISTS OF ALL STRIPES, HEADS OF OTHER INSTITUTES AS YOU HEARD, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, LEADERS OTHER SCIENCE AGENCIES, BUT WE ALL ACCEPTED WE SOON EMBRACED. AND WE NOW HONOR. A PERSON WITH MANY TALENTS AND NO MEAN SPIRITS. A CHEERFUL FELLOW WHO RECOGNIZED PROBLEMS BUT SOUGHT ONLY TO SOLVE THEM, NOT TO ASSIGN BLAME. THE ONCE PROVERBIAL GUY WHO SAYS I’M FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND HEAR TO HELP AND MEANS IT. YOU HAVE HEARD THIS SONG FROM MANY WHO COME TO THIS PODIUM TODAY TO SING STEVE’S PRAISES. I LIKE TO SUMMARIZE THE LYRICS IN TWO WORDS. NO GUILE. STEVE IS PROBABLY THE MOST STRAIGHT FORWARD PERSON I HAVE EVER KNOWN. IN THE NEARLY 25 YEARS THAT WE WERE CLOSE FRIENDS I CAME TO HIM WITH MANY QUESTIONS LIKE MANY OTHERS, WITH REQUESTS SOMETIMES, WITH PROBLEMS. THE PROBLEMS OFTEN CONCERN OTHER PEOPLE BUT THE SOLUTIONS NEVER PERSONAL. STEVE LIKED TO THINK ABOUT PROBLEMS ABSTRACTLY. TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE HISTORY, THE RULES, THE NUMBERS, THE BUDGETS, GOALS, POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS. HE WORKED FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE INSTITUTIONS AND PEOPLE AFFECTED BY THEM. NOT FOR HIS OWN ENDS, NOT TO ADDRESS THE FORTUNES OF HIS FRIENDS, HE PREFERRED TO MINIMIZE THE DRAMA TO BE CONSTRUCTIVE AND GOOD HUMORED. IN OTHER WORDS NO GUILE. I THINK MORE CONCRETELY ABOUT STEVE. I LIKE TO REMEMBER HIM NOT SEATED AT THE TABLE OF INSTITUTE DIRECTORS BUT INSTEAD ADS A MEMBER OF THAT MEMORABLE MUSICAL GROUP WE CREATED HERE TODAY, THE DIRECTORS. STRUMMING HIS GUITAR ENERGETICALLY BUT NEVER AT FRONT OF THE STAGE. CONTENT TO MAKE THE HARMONIES, THE STRUCTURES AND THE STRUCTURAL NOTES THAT ALLOW THE TOP LINERS AND TO SHINE AND GREAT GROUPS TO SUCCEED. WITHOUT ANY NEED FOR SELF-AGGRANDIZEMENT. IN OTHER WORDS NO GUILE OF MUCH JOY — BUT MUCH JOY. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]>>44 YEARS AT NIH WE CELEBRATE THE MINCHNESS REFERRED TO BY LARRY TABAK. THE ABSENCE OF GUILE, THE WILLINGNESS TO GIVE UP HIMSELF TO WHATEVER IT WAS. SCIENTIFICALLY ORGANIZATIONALLY, PERSONALLY, IT WAS BEING ASKED. I TRULY FIND SCIENTISTS AS WELL, AT THE PRIVILEGE OF WORKING WITH STEVE IN THE LAST FEW YEARS. IN A BOLD PARTNERSHIP TO TRY TO TAKE APART THE INTRICATE MAKINGS OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS AND LUPUS IN A SINGLE CELL BIOLOGICAL EXPLORATION THAT WAS EXHILARATING SCIENCE AND STEVE’S DEDICATION TO THAT AND COMMITMENT WEEK AFTER WEEK TO SUCH AN EFFORT WAS ONE OF THE REASONS IT WAS SO SUCCESSFUL THE OTHER CARTER WHO PLAYED INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT ROLE IN THAT BUT ALSO THE MOST THOUGHTFUL EXPERIENCE SELFLESS ADVISOR, THAT WAS STEVE. SEARCH COMMITTEE CHAIRS WHENEVER THERE WAS TIME TO DO A SEARCH AND ELIAS YOU AND I WILL HAVE TO COMPARE HOW MANY INSTITUTE DIRECTORS WE HAVE APPOINTED, I THINK I MIGHT HAVE YOU BY ONE OR TWO BY NOW. AND HOW MANY OF THOSE SEARCH COMMITTEES WERE CHAIRED BY STEVE, PROBABLY ABOUT HALF OF THEM, BECAUSE AS WAS POINTED OUT, HE WAS SO INCREDIBLY GOOD AT FIGURING OUT HOW TO MAKE THAT PROCESS WORK AND HOW TO FIND THE VERY BEST CANDIDATES THEN CONVINCE THEM THIS WAS THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD FOR YOU AREA OF SCIENTIFIC INFLUENCE, AND HE WAS RIGHT. HE HAD LEGENDARY RECALL OF NUMBERS AND BUDGET ISSUES. ANYBODY WHO HAD THE CHANCE TO SIT IN A MEETING, WHETHER IT WAS ABOUT THE CLINICAL CENTER BUDGET, ONE OF THOSE CHRONIC AREAS OF HAND RINGING OR ABOUT SOME OTHER NUANCE OF HOW WE WERE GOING TO FUND PARTICULAR PROJECTS. THE REST OF US WOULD TRY TO REMEMBER WHAT WE DID BEFORE, SOMETIMES JUST MAKE STUFF UP AND STEVE WOULD IMMEDIATELY BE ALL OVER IT. NEVER IN A DIFFICULT WAY, ALWAYS DELIVERED WITH HUMOR AND A TWINKLE IN HIS EYE BUT HE WAS ALWAYS RIGHT SO YOU JUST SORT OF STOPPED ARGUING WHEN STEVE BECAME THE INSTITUTIONAL MEMORY, HE WAS THE INSTITUTIONAL MEMORY THERE WAS NO NEED FOR OTHER INSTITUTIONAL MEMORY BECAUSE HE POSSESSED MOST OF IT. HE DID HAVE THIS DEEP COMMITMENT AS YOU HEARD, TO MENTORING AND TRAINING. AND THAT INCLUDED MENTORING NEW INSTITUTE DIRECTORS. I WILL SPEAK FOR MYSELF, ALSO INCLUDED MENTORING NIH DIRECTORS AND I SUSPECT ELIAS WHO IS NODDING RIGHT NOW WOULD AGREE, HAROLD HAS ALREADY COMMENTED ABOUT THIS AS WELL. BUT STEVE HAD A PARTICULAR CONCERN ABOUT EARLY STAGE INVESTIGATORS. PARTICULARLY SO, AS WE WENT THROUGH A TOUGH TIME BETWEEN 2003 AND 2015, WHERE WE WERE LOSING GROUND IN TERMS OF THE RESOURCES THAT WE HAD TO OFFER TO GRANT APPLICANTS AND EARLY STAGE INVESTIGATORS PARTICULARLY FACING A DIFFICULT CLIMATE TO TRY TO GET THEIR LAB STARTED. STEVE CAME A NUMBER OF CREATIVE WAYS TO APPROACH THAT WITHIN NIAMS ALSO WAS ONE OF THE MOST VOCAL PEOPLE AROUND THE TABLE ON OUR THURSDAY MORNING MEETINGS ABOUT WHAT OTHER THINGS WE MIGHT DO. ONE OF THE THINGS HE POINTED OUT AS NOW OUR FORTUNE SEEMED TO BE A BIT BETTER AND WE HAVE MORE BREATHING ROOM IS THAT WE STILL HAVE THIS TRADITION THAT SOMEBODY WHO IS TRYING TO GET THEIR FIRST RO1 AWARD FROM NIH NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO PUT FORWARD A PROPOSAL EXPECTED TO HAVE A LOT OF PRELIMINARY DATA, THAT’S THE WAY WE DO THINGS. IF YOU ARE A POST DOC WORKING IN A HIGH POWERED LAB, AND YOU’RE READY TO GO OUT ON YOUR OWN IN A TRULY INDEPENDENT WAY, MAYBE YOU DON’T WANT TO WORK ON THE SAME PROJECT THAT YOU WORKED ON AS POST DOC. MAYBE YOU HAVE GOT ANOTHER REALLY COOL IDEA THAT YOU WANT TO LAUNCH YOUR NEW CAREER IN THAT WAY AND YET OUR GRANT SYSTEM SEEMED NOT TO BE ENCOURAGING THE IDEA THAT YOU COULD DO THAT BECAUSE YOU WOULDN’T HAVE MUCH IN THE WAY OF PRELIMINARY DATA. THIS BECAME A TOPIC DISCUSSED WITH MUCH ENCOURAGEMENT FROM STEVE IN OUR WORKING GROUP ON WHAT WE MIGHT DO ABOUT THE NEXT GENERATION OF RESEARCHERS AND OVER THE COURSE OF TIME, GATHERING MOMENTUM MUCH GUIDED BY STEVE’S POINTING OUT THE REASONS FOR THIS HAS GROWN. ALL OF US BECAME CONVINCED THAT WE NEEDED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS. I’M GLAD TO SAY HERE WE ARE TODAY CELEBRATING STEVE, AND I CAN MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT. THAT IS THAT WE ARE INITIATING A NEW FORM OF THE RO1 AWARD MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH EARLY STAGE INVESTIGATORS WHICH ENCOURAGES THE DEVELOPMENT OF NOVEL IDEAS AND NOVEL PROGRAMS BY INDIVIDUALS WHO WISH TO START THEIR CAREERS IN NEW DIRECTIONS OVER WHERE THEY MIGHT HAVE BEEN IN THEIR PREVIOUS TRAINING. FOR WHICH PRELIMINARY DATA WILL BE REQUIRED IN ONLY A VERY MODEST WAY, IN ORDER TO ENCOURAGE THAT RISK TAKING THAT WE REALLY BELIEVE COULD BE GOOD FOR THEM AND GOOD FOR US AS A SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY, AND THAT A WARRANT WILL BE KNOWN AS THE STEVE I. KATZ RO — THAT AWARD WILL BE KNOWN ADS THE STEPHEN I. KATZ RO1 AWARD. FROM HENCEFORTH. [APPLAUSE]>>SO THAT ALL OF THOSE WHO RECEIVE THESE AWARDS GOING FORWARD, IF THEY DIDN’T KNOW THE NAME OF STEPHEN I. KATZ THEY WILL KNOW IT AT THAT POINT AS WILL THEIR INSTITUTIONS. AS WILL ALL OF US AS WE SEE THE WAYS IN WHICH THIS NEW PROGRAM ALLOWS SOME OF OUR BEST AND BRIGHTEST TO LAUNCH THEIR CAREERSEN IN NEW AND TRULY INNOVATIVE WAYS SOMETHING STEVE PROMOTED AND WOULD HAVE LOVED. I’M HAPPY WE ARE ABLE AS A NIH COMMUNITY TO COME TOGETHER IN THIS WAY TO HONOR STEVE BY THIS NEW AWARD. WITH THAT, I WANT TO INVITE STEVE’S TWO SONS AND DAUGHTER, MARK, KEN AND KAREN, TO COME FORWARD AND SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS WITH US AND I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE LINDA WHO IS HERE WITH US STEVE’S WIFE, DEAR FRIEND TO ALL OF US AND WE’RE SO GLAD YOU ARE HERE FOR THIS SPECIAL OCCASION. PLEASE COME FORWARD, KAREN, MARK AND KEN.>>THANK YOU, DR. COLLINS. IT’S INCREDIBLY MOVING AND MEANINGFUL FOR US TO BE PART OF THIS TRIBUTE TO OUR DAD FROM SO MANY OF HIS COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS WHOM HE LOVED AT A PLACE THAT HE LOVED. IT’S ALSO INCREDIBLY TOUCHING TO SEE ALL THE PEOPLE THAT ARE HERE TODAY TO BE PART OF THIS TRIBUTE FOR OUR DAD. IT’S ALSO INCREDIBLY MOVING TO HEAR ABOUT THIS AWARD THAT’S JUST BEEN ANNOUNCED. FOR DECADES THE NIH PLAYED A CRUCIAL ROLE IN NOT ONLY IN OUR DAD’S LIFE BUT ALSO IN OUR FAMILIES LIFE. OUR FAMILY MOVE TO MARYLAND IN 1974 WHEN OUR DAD ACCEPTED A POSITION AT NIH. AT THE TIME I WAS FOUR, KEN WAS THREE AND KAREN WAS ONE. NONE OF OUTS KIDS REMEMBERS A PRE-NIH TIME IN OUR LIVES. FROM THE BEGINNING THE LINE BETWEEN THE PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL ASPECTS OF DAD’S ENGAGEMENT WITH THE NIH WAS BLURRY. ‘S WHERE HE SPENT HIS WORK DAYS OF COURSE BUT HIS COLLEAGUES AND FELLOWS FROM NIH AND BEYOND, FROM U.S., JAPAN, AUSTRIA, GERMANY, UK AND OTHER COUNTRIES, WERE ALSO REGULARLY INVITED TO LUNCH AND DINNER AT OUR HOUSE VISITORS TO THE NIH WOULD ALSO ROUTINELY STAY IN OUR HOUSE. KEN WOULD BE KICKED OUT OF HIS ROOM FOR A DAY OR TWO AND BUNK IN MY ROOM. THANKSGIVING AT OUR FAMILY’S HOUSE WOULD HAVE BEEN INCOMPLETE WITHOUT THE FELLOWS FROM THE DERMATOLOGY BRANCH, AMERICAN AND FOREIGN, AND THEIR FAMILIES JOINING US FOR A QUINTESSENTIAL AMERICAN TRADITION. FOR MANY YEARS OUR DAD AND MOM HOSTED THE DERMATOLOGY BRANCHES ANNUAL BARBECUE POTLUCK IN OUR BACKYARD. EVERY BROUGHT A DISH. OUR DAD OVERSAW GRILLING ACTIVITIES, WITH STEADY RELIEF FROM OTHERS IN THE BRANCH. WE KIDS OFTEN JOINED THE DEPARTMENTS ANNUAL WHITE WATER RAFTING TRIPS IN WEST VIRGINIA. AND AT THE DEPARTMENT’S ANNUAL SOFTBALL GAME AGAINST NAVY DERMATOLOGY WE BATTED AND FIELDED FOR THE NIH. MARK, KAREN AND I REGULARLY WENT TO THE NIH. SOMETIMES WE GO WITH MY MOM TO PICK MY DAD UP OUTSIDE OF BUILDING 10. OTHER TIMES ON WEEKENDS AFTER OUR DAD WOULD TAKE US TO SOCCER GAMES OR PLAY REHEARSALS WE WOULD SWING BY HIS OFFICE. HE WOULD DO SOME WORK AND WE ALSO SAY HI TO THE GUINEA PIGS. AT NO POINT DID WE FEEL WE COMPETEDD WITH THE NIH FOR OUR DAD’S ATTENTION. HIS SEEMINGLY BOUNDLESS ENERGY ENSURED HE ALWAYS HAD TIME FOR BOTH US AND THE NIHERS. WE WATCHED WAY HE INTERACTD WITH ALL SORTS OF PEOPLE AT THE NIH BRINGING TO EACH THE SAME LEVEL OF INTEREST, RESPECT AND JOY. THAT INCLUDED PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES AND THE WORLD. PEOPLE WHOSE POSITION RANGED FROM RESEARCH SCIENTISTS TO ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT. WE ALSO WATCHED WAY HE CELEBRATED THE SUCCESSES OF HIS COLLEAGUES AND TRAINEES, MANY WHOSE ILLUSTRIOUS CAREERS BEGAN ON THE 12th FLOOR BUILDING TEN. WE PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW IT THEN BUT IN WATCHING THOSE INTERACTIONS WE WERE LEARNING IMPORTANT LIFE LESSONS TO STAY WITH US UNTIL TODAY. OUR DAD LOVED THE NIH HE LOVED SCIENCE, HE LOVED ADMINISTRATION, HE LOVED CONTRIBUTING TO ADVANCING THE HEALTH OF THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD AND MAYBE MOST OF ALL, HE LOVED THE PEOPLE. HE TOOK ENORMOUS PRIDE REPRESENTING THE NIH AT MEETINGS AND VISITS TO UNIVERSITIES THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES AND ABROAD. HE MISSED NO OPPORTUNITY TO TALK UP THE NIH WITH PROFESSIONAL COLLEAGUES AND PERSONAL FRIENDS. HE WAS A WALKING ADVERTISEMENT FOR NIH AND I MEAN THAT LITERALLY. HIS CASUAL WARDROBE CONSISTED NEARLY EXCLUSIVELY OF NIH SWAG. YOU SAW SOME IN THAT VIDEO AND I WAS DISAPPOINTED THAT HEAD BAND DID NOT BEAR NIAMS LOGO. COME ON, MISSED PRODUCT PLACEMENT. BUT A TYPICAL OUTFIT FOR HIM MIGHT BE A T-SHIRT THAT DECLARED THAT NIAMS WAS QUOTE, MORE THAN SKIN AN BONES, NIH SWEATSHIRT AND TOPPED WITH AN NIH BASEBALL CAP. HOW CAN HE POSSIBLY WEAR ANYTHING ELSE?>>AT MANY TIMES DURING OUR DAD’S CAREER, THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH MORPHED TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF MUSIC. FOR YEARS HE WOULD PLAY GUITAR AND LEAD SING ALONGS AT THE DERMATOLOGY BRANCHES ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY AND REALLY AT ANY OTHER OPPORTUNITY HE HAD. AND THEN THINGS GOT SERIOUS. HE JOINED A ROCK BAND AT NIH CALLED THE DIRECTORS AND RELISHED REVERSALS AND GIGS. THEIR REPERTOIRE INCLUDED SONGS FROM THE 50s, BEATLES TUNES FROM THE ’60s AND CURRENT DAY ADELE MELODIES WITH LYRICS REFASHIONED TO REFLECT NIH PRIORITIES. THE BAND ALSO PLAYED ONE OF OUR DAD’S ALL TIME FAVORITES. IT’S AN ISRAEL SONG FROM THE 1970s THAT IN PROCLAIMING HOW GOOD THE FUTURE WILL BE ECHOED ARE DAD’S OPTIMISM. WE KNEW HOW MUCH HE WAS AN NIH LIFER SOMETIMES EVEN MORE THAN HE DID. IN THE LATE 1990s WHEN MARK AND I WERE LIVING IN NEW YORK CITY, OUR DAD CAME TO DISCUSS TAKING A SENIOR POSITION AT A MEDICAL SCHOOL THERE, HE AND OUR MOM BOTH LOVED NEW YORK, BUT WE KNEW THAT EVEN THE BIG APPLE COULDN’T COMPETE WITH BETHESDA. HE LOVED NIH TOO MUCH. SURE ENOUGH, OUR DAD DECLINED THAT JOB. AND MANY OTHERS LIKE IT. WHEN OUR FAMILY CELEBRATES OUR DAD’S LIFE WE ALSO CELEBRATE THE NIH AND THE ROLE IT PLAYED FOR HIM AND OUR FAMILY OVER 44 WONDERFUL YEARS. THAT’S WHY THIS AMAZING EVENT TODAY MEANS SO MUCH TO US AND OUR MOM. WE’RE GRATEFUL FOR THE HEART FELT WORDS SAID TODAY AND WE DEEPLY APPRECIATE THE HARD WORK AND PLANNING THAT THE NIH FAMILY HAS DONE TO ORGANIZE THIS EVENT. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]>>WE HAVE ALL BEEN HEARING HOW MUCH MUSIC WAS IMPORTANT IN STEVE’S LIFE AND HOW WE WERE ALL FORTUNATE TO BE PULLED INTO THAT PARTICULAR CIRCLE AS PART OF THE DIRECTOR’S BAND OR WHATEVER PICK UP BAND IT HAPPENED TO BE. STEVE LOVED ALL KINDS OF MUSIC, AS YOU HEARD FROM KAREN, CERTAINLY THINGS FROM THE ’60s, HE WAS A FAN OF THE BEATLES SO MAYBE WE OUGHT TO HAVE A BIT OF BEATLES IN A MINUTE HERE. WE HE HAD FAMILY BAND TOO, STEVE AND THE STRAY KATZ, THEY WERE CALLED. I’M ONE OF THOSE LUCKY PEOPLE WHO HAS ONE OF THE LIMITED EDITION CDs, STEVE AND THE STRAY KATZ AND MAYBE US IN THIS BAND CAN BE CONSIDERED HONORARY STRAY KATZ, WE WOULD CONSIDER THAT A GREAT OPPORTUNITY AND GREAT HONOR. STEVE PLAYED ON THIS VERY STAGE WITH SOME OF US WHEN WE HAD PARTICULAR EVENTS LIKE THE FAIR WELL TO HAROLD VARMUS WHEN HE WENT OFF TO OTHER THINGS IN NEW YORK AND THE FAIR WELL TO ELIAS ZERHOUNI WHEN HE LEFT US. YES, IT WAS ALWAYS GREAT TO BE UP HERE WITH STEVE BECAUSE HE GOT SUCH JOY OUT OF IT AND THE PROCESS OF BEING THERE WITH HIM, WE DID TOO. I REMEMBER ONE PARTICULAR — I THINK IT WAS HAROLD’S FAIR WELL, WE TRIED TO DO A CREDIBLE VERSION OF THAT JACKSON BROWN ANTHEM, WON’T YOU STAY JUST A LITTLE BIT LONGER. THAT WAS STEVE’S HIGH FALL THAT NAILED THAT HIGH D THAT NONE OF THE REST OF US HAD A PRAYER OF REACHING BUT SOMEHOW THE OCCASION MADE IT POSSIBLE. IT ALSO NOW SEEMS LIKE A SONG TO THINK ABOUT. STEVE LEFT US MUCH TOO SOON, U WISH HE HAD STAYED WITH US LONGER. BUT HERE WE ARE AGAIN GATHERED TO HONOR AND CELEBRATE STEVE. SO MAYBE WE OUGHT TO DO IT FIRST OF ALL OUT OF OUR DUO OF SONGS WITH A LITTLE BIT OF BEATLES.>>YOU HEARD ABOUT PARTICULAR SONG THAT IS STEVE’S SIGNATURE SONG, SOME PEOPLE THINK BY THE WAY IT IS JEWISH IS MORE THAN A BAGEL AND THAT IS ONE OF HIS SPECIAL NUMBERS BUT NO. LET ME INVITE KAREN MARK AND KEN TO JOIN US ON THIS. THIS HAS — COME ON, Y’ALL.>>THIS HAS A CHORUS THAT’S VERY EASY TO LEARN. IT’S SIMPLY WAIT AND SEE, WAIT AND SEE, WHAT A WORLD THERE CAN BE IF WE SHARE IF WE CARE YOU AND ME. CERTAINLY A WONDERFUL KIND OF SET OF WORDS STEVE KATZ WOULD WANT TO PROMOTE IN THE COURSE, AND THIS WAS ALSO A SONG THAT IS ABOUT OPTIMISM, ABOUT THE NEW YEAR. THERE’S A LINE IN THE LAST VERSE WHICH MAYBE WE SHOULD THINK ABOUT AS WE SING THIS HOPEFULLY TOGETHER BUT THE BAND WILL HELP YOU A LITTLE BIT. THERE’S A LA LA LA PART IN THERE I’M SURE YOU CAN GET. BUT THAT LINE IN THE LAST VERSE NOW, THE TORCH MUST BE PASSED WITH HOPE AND NOT IN SORROW. AND A PROMISE TO THE MAKE A NEW START. STEVE IS PASSING THE TORCH TO US. THAT WONDERFUL LEGACY. MAY WE HONOR IT, MAY WE LIVE UP TO IT. LET’S DO THIS. * * LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA, LA LA LA LA LA LA * * LA LA LALA LA, LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA * * * * WAIT AND SEE, WAIT AND SEE, WHAT A WORLD IT CAN BE, IF WE SHARE AND WE CARE * * WAIT AND SEE, WAIT AND SEE, WHAT A WORLD IT CAN BE, IF WE SHARE, IF WE CARE, YOU AND ME * * SOON THE DAY WILL ARRIVE WHEN WE WILL BE TOGETHER AND NO LONGER WILL MAN LIVE IN FEAR * * AND THE CHILDREN WILL SMILE WITHOUT WONDERING WHETHER ON THIS DAY CLOUDS WILL APPEAR * * WAIT AND SEE, WAIT AND SEE, WHAT A WORLD IT CAN BE * * MUCK IF WE SHARE, IF WE CARE, WHAT A WORLD IT CAN BE * * IF WE SHARE, IF WE CARE, YOU AND ME * * MEN HAVE DREAMS, MEN HAVE DIED TO MAKE A BRIGHT TOMORROW AND THEIR VISION REMAINS IN OUR HEART * * NOW, THE TORCH WILL BE PASSED IN HOPE AND SORRY AND PROMISE TO MAKE A NEW START * * WAIT AND SEE, WAIT AND SEE, WHAT A WORLD IT CAN BE, IF WE SHARE, IF WE CARE, YOU AND ME * * WAIT AND SEE, WAIT AND SEE, WHAT A WORLD IT CAN BE IF WE SHARE, IF WE CARE YOU AND ME * * LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA, LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA, LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA, LA LA LA LA LA LA LA * [APPLAUSE]>>CAN I ASK BOB CARTER TO COME AND GIVE US A WORD OF CLOSING.>>WOW. FANTASTIC. AMAZING. KEN, MARK, LINDA, THANK YOU ALL, THANKS FOR ALLOWING US TO KNOW AND LOVE STEVE. COUPLE OF THANK YOUS TO FINISH OUT, I WANT TO THANK MARIA AND THE NIH FOR HOSTING THE RECEPTION, GREETLY APPRECIATED. AS YOU CAN IMAGINE IT TOOK WORK TO PUT THIS ON AND I WANT THE CALL OUT SOME NAMES, I WON’T INCLUDE EVERYBODY BECAUSE IT WAS A TEAM EFFORT PARTICULARLY THE NIAMS SPACE, RICK PHILLIPS FROM NIAMS, JOHN BURKLOW, AMY BLACKBURN, STEAMY, SHERRI AND OTHERS — STEPHANIE AND SHERRI AND OTHERS AT NIAMS WHO WORKED TO PUT THIS ON. I CAN’T TOP THE KATZ AWARD BUT TWO ANNOUNCEMENTS. THE FIRST, THE FIRST FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM WILL FOREVER MORE BE THE KATZ ROOM. [APPLAUSE]>>A FRAMED COPY OF THE POSTER THAT YOU SAW FOR THIS WILL BE INCLUDED IN THAT ROOM AS WELL AS MANY OF THE TROPHIES, DIPLOMAS HONORARY DEGREES THAT STEVE LEFT HERE. THE SECOND IS THAT WE WILL CREATE THE KATZ SCHOLAR, WHICH WILL BE AN INTERMITTENT POSITION BETWEEN THE INITIAL TRAINING FOR DERMATOLOGISTS WHO COMPLETED THE TRAIN BUG NOT READY FOR TENURE TRACK ROLE SO THERE WILL BE — WE ALREADY HAVE IN FACT THE FIRST KATZ SCHOLAR IN HOUSE. AND THAT WILL ALSO BE OUR TRAINING PROGRAM FOR DERMATOLOGY GOING FORWARD. SO AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE, I THINK THIS REALLY HAS BEEN TREMENDOUSLY MOVING. THERE’S ONE LITTLE HICCUP WHICH I JUST LEARNED YESTERDAY, THAT THE FAS TERRACE IS LIMITED TO THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT CAN BE ACCOMMODATED WHICH IS UNFORTUNATE BECAUSE I WOULD LOVE O SHAKE HANDS WITH EVERYBODY. WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO IS AND THE FAMILY NIH LEADERSHIP, FRIENDS OF THE FAMILY, FEW FROM NIAMS, CONCLUDING INCLUDING PRIVATE COUNCIL MEMBERS IF THEY WOULD EXIT FIRST AND IF THE REST OF YOU WOULD DO US A FAVOR AND LET THEM GO FIRST BACK TO THE TERRACE AND THEN WE WILL BE DONE. SO THANK YOU AGAIN TO THE BAND, THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE. [APPLAUSE] * YES, THERE WERE TIMES I’M SURE YOU KNEW WHEN I BIT OFF MORE THAN I COULD CHEW * * BUT THROUGH IT ALL, WHEN THERE WAS DOUBT, I ATE IT UP AND SPIT IT OUT * * I FACED IT ALL AND I STOOD TALL, AND DID IT MY WAY * * I’D LOVE, I LAUGHED AND CRIED * * I HAD MY FILL, MY SHARE OF LOSING * * AND NOW AS TEARS SUBSIDE, I FIND IT ALL SO AMUSING * * TO THINK I DID ALL THAT AND MAY I SAY NOT IN A SHY WAY * * OH, NO, OH, NO, NOT ME, I DID IT MY WAY * * * * THIS IS A STORY OF A BOY AND A GIRL, HOW THEY BOTH LIVED TOGETHER IN THEIR OLD — THE BOY’S NAME, THE GIRLS NAME WAS BLANCH, ONCE IT HAPPENED, ONE DAY THEY TOOK A CHANCE * * I TOOK A WALK ONE ON THE AVENUE OF LOVING AND ROMANCE * * AND I DECIDED THAT I’D TAKE A CHANCE, JUST TO SEE HOW HAPPY LIFE WOULD BE IF ONLY BLANCH AND ME, WE STROLLED ALONG ONE AFTERNOON, BUT OUR PARTING CAME A LITTLE TOO SOON * * AND NOW I’M DREAMING OF BLANCH BY THE MOON * * SHE’S THE GIRL FOR ME * SHE’S THE GIRL FOR ME * AND TO SAY THAT I LOVE HER, WHAT MORE CAN I SAY * * JEWISH IS MORE THAN A BAGEL, JEWISH IS MORE THAN A CHOPPED UP HERRING OR FISH * * JEWISH IS MORE THAN A MATZA BALL FLOATING ON TOP OF YOUR SOUP * * JEWISH IS A PEOPLE, A CULTURE A GROUP * * JEWISH IS LEARNING AND STUDYING AND LEARNING AND STUDYING AND LEARNING AND MORE * * THEN WHEN YOU THINK YOU HAVE LEARNED ALL YOU CAN LEARNING A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN YOU DID BEFORE * * JEWISH IS HEARING YOUR MOTHER HOLLER GO PUT ON A COAT * * JEWISH IS HOME ON YOM KIPPUR AND THEN TO SCHOOL WITH A NOTE, JEWISH IS A CIVILIZATION, EVERY TIME * * * LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA, WILLA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA * (SPEAKING IN NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGE) * (SINGING IN NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGE) * * WAIT AND SEE WAIT AND SEE, WHAT A WORLD IT WILL BE IF WE SHARE IF WE CARE YOU AND ME * * WAIT AND SEE WAIT AN SEE WHAT IT WORLD IT CAN BE, IF WE SHARE IF WE CARE, YOU AND ME * * SOON THE DAY WILL ARRIVE WHEN WE WILL BE TOGETHER AND NO LONGER WILL MAN LIVE IN FEAR * * * AND THE CHILDREN WILL SMILE WITHOUT WONDERING WHETHER ON THAT DAY DARKER CLOUDS WILL APPEAR * WAIT AND SEE WAIT AND SEE WHAT A WORLD IT CAN BE.

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