In the sixteen years Gregory A. Llacer worked alongside Robert A. Lue, Llacer never knew Lue to be anything less than “an indefatigable advocate for science education,” “a blue-sky thinker,” and “a tireless humanist.”
“Rob was one of the first Harvard faculty members I got to know,” Llacer wrote in a Nov. 12 email to his staff at the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, which he directs. “Even in the throes of declining health due to cancer he was fighting throughout the summer, we still were working on ideas and projects, collaborations I intend to see through.”
Lue, an innovator in life sciences education, died on Nov. 11 at 56 of a fast-moving cancer.
Lue’s footprint at Harvard stretches wide. In addition to his role as a Molecular and Cellular Biology professor of practice, he served as founding faculty director of Harvard’s online education platform, HarvardX; the first faculty