Alumnus William Probst passed away on November 22, 2020 at the age of 68. Bill earned his Ph.D in the 1990's under the direction of co-advisors David Schuster and Randall Murphy. He remained a part of the NYU social circle during his postdoc years at Mt. Sinai, working on molecular biology in the Brosius/Tiedge labs, and as a member of Schuster Group alumni ever after.
A memorial service was hosted by Lacordaire Academy, a catholic school in Montclair, New Jersey, where Bill had been a beloved teacher for over 10 years. The school's principal, Megan Mannato, posted these kind words in his memory when she learned of his passing:
It is with great sadness that I write to you this afternoon. This weekend, we unexpectedly lost our beloved Science teacher, Dr. William Probst.
Dr. P, as many of the students called him, lived for Lacordaire. Never was a teacher more dedicated to an Academy or his students, than he. On any given day, Dr. P could be found chatting with students or faculty. He found great joy out of being around all of us and was always excited to interact with this community. He was one of the kindest individuals that I have ever known and the world was a better place with him in it. He will be sorely missed by this community.
Dr. P was a brilliant man. The worlds of chemistry and physics made total sense to him, and he strove to share the wonder he found in them with his students. He persistently strove to make his teaching better to enable his students to learn and many students found their love of science with him as a teacher. Even though he has been teaching for many years, the excitement that he brought to each and every class was contagious.
Dr. Probst had a huge heart and was a gentle soul, who always had a smile on his face and one of the best senses of humor. He loved his students and the Academy, and he will be greatly missed. We will be planning a memorial service for him at some point in December and will keep you all posted in regard to that information.
Please keep Dr. Probst, and his family and friends, in your prayers.
My condolences to the entire community,
Head of School