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In Memoriam: Dr. Richard Morita, A Stellar Career. On November 22, 2020 the family of Richard Yukio Morita reached out to tell us that Dick had died at 97 in Corvallis. All of us reacted to the news with great sadness. He was an outstanding scientist who accomplished many firsts in microbiology: the discovery of barophilic bacteria; the discovery of new thermal groups of bacteria, psychrophiles, and the establishment of the concept of starvation-survival in bacteria.