John L. Neumeyer – Long Standing and Active Member of NESACS
We recently learned of the passing of one of our great and active members for the Northeastern Section. John Neumeyer was a legend to many, a renowned medicinal chemist, he passed away on February 16 at his home in Wayland, MA, at the age of 92. He served at many different institutions during his career, but was best known at NESACS as a professor at Northeastern University 1969-1991, founder of Research Biochemicals, Inc. (RBI) and in a leading capacity 1980-1996, and also Director of Medicinal Chemistry at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School 1996-2020.
His ACS service included: Division of Medicinal Chemistry, Councilor, Executive Comm., 1971-1981; Vice Chairman, 1981; Chairman, 1982; Councilor, 1983-1987; Board of Editors, J. Med. Chem., 1974-1995; ACS Board of Publications, 1990-1993.
His service to NESACS included: Founder and Chair of the NESACS Medicinal Chemistry Group, 1974-1995; Councilor, 1998-1995; Trustee 1989-1993 and 2020-2023; Alt. Councilor, 1995-1998; and Chair of NESACS in 2003.
For more details on Prof. Neumeyer’s personal and very eventful life, please read his obituary.
Readers may also be interested in his statement as chair from the January 2003 issue of The Nucleus on page 6.