Dear Johannes, Theresa, and Clara,
My heart grieves for your family. Angelika was my undergraduate advisor from 2001-2003 and I worked in her lab during those years. (I think I also met all of you during a holiday party she hosted at your home then, the girls were quite small and there was talk of buying pet hamsters...) Angelika made my life at MIT so much brighter and fun with her cheerful spirit, witty sense of humor, and that famous laugh of hers -- I can still hear that laugh in my head right now!
Though I did not continue with a career in biology, she was always so supportive and helped me apply to graduate programs and listened to all my job transitions. But more importantly, she simply cared who I was as a person, and that was true of everyone she met and mentored. Angelika had that rare combination of intelligence, warmth, empathy, integrity, sense of justice, and fearlessness, and I feel so lucky to have been in her presence for those few years.
With love and gratitude,