We wish to express our sincerest sympathies to the AOCS community and Dr. Usha Thiyam-Hollaender's family. By sharing memories of Dr. Thiyam-Hollaender we hope to keep her in the minds and hearts of the AOCS family.
About Dr. Usha Thiyam-Hollaender
Usha built a large and broad group of friends and colleagues from around the world. She will be missed by so many.
Thoughts and memories from Usha's colleagues.
From N.A. Michael Eskin, University of Manitoba:
What a terrible loss as I served as Usha's mentor for the past 13 years. We worked so well together and became not only colleagues who respected each other, but were wonderful friends. She was a very bright and capable scientist who achieved a lot in her short career. We were planning a second book which sadly will now be done without her but dedicated to her.
From Roger Nahas, Kalsec®, Inc:
I was very saddened by Usha’s passing. She was a very kind, passionate, loyal and dedicated AOCS member. Her memory will live on through her scientific and academic contributions and certainly through her impact on colleagues and collaborators.
From Jill Moser, USDA, Agricultural Research Service:Antioxidant Activity of Rapeseed Phenolics and Their Interactions with Tocopherols During Lipid Oxidation,” U. Thiyam, H. Stöckmann, and K. Schwarz (Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society 83(6):523–528). I was the chair of the award committee at that time and so had the opportunity to hand her the award. This was such a proud moment for her! This would have been my second year as a member of AOCS (my first annual meeting as a new USDA scientist was in 2005), and so I associate Usha with AOCS almost as if we were in the same grade or class level, moving through our professional lives together if that makes sense.
She was a dedicated AOCS and LOQ volunteer, and she held all of the positions on the LOQ leadership team, often we were on the team at the same time. Usha always had a lot of passion for her research and for improving AOCS and especially LOQ programs. She especially cared about opening up opportunities for student involvement. Usha had a quiet voice, but she was outspoken in her own way, she never had to be loud to have her voice heard.