The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics has set up a website to honor the life and legacy of Suzanne Eaton, PhD, where family, friends, and colleagues can pay tribute to the researcher who was murdered while attending a conference in Crete. There is an ongoing homicide investigation being led by the police in Crete. Eaton was reportedly suffocated. A fund has been set up to offer a reward for the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator or perpetrators. Mary Ann Liebert, publisher of GEN and CEO of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., will contribute to the fund.
Eaton, a former Westchester resident, was a senior research group leader at the Institute, and professor at the Biotechnology Center of the Technische Universität Dresden.
“We are devastated by this senseless tragedy,” wrote Institute officials in a statement. “The Max Planck Society and all its staff offer our most sincere condolences to Sue’s family, friends, and colleagues. In a personal letter to her husband, Tony Hyman, Max Planck president Martin Stratmann paid tribute to Suzanne Eaton as an outstanding scientist and a wonderful human being. Eaton had been a key person, an essential pillar of the Institute in Dresden right from its very beginning. The Max Planck Society would forever remember Suzanne Eaton for all she contributed to our community and far beyond.”