Dr. Eugene DuBois, in an obituary of the late distinguished Graham Lusk, wrote that Lusk "had been our strongest link with the old masters and had transmitted to us what was best in the scientific laboratories and academic circles of this and previous centuries.... Not only the men who worked in his own laboratory, but those from distant parts of this country and abroad are indebted to him for much of the best parts of their publications." 1 The rather whimsical conceit of Professor Lusk shown here (Fig. 1) is a useful springboard for some of what I have to tell.
The great-grandfather in this genealogy is Antoine Laurent Lavoisier (1734-1794), the founder of modern chemistry, whose head fell under the guillotine of the French Revolution. "It took but a second to cut off his head; a hundred years will not suffice to produce one like it," was the comment