I have received the very sad news that Mike Mayo died on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008. Mike, a plant virologist, was a long-standing supporter and diligent member of the ICTV Executive Committee, especially as Secretary. He retired from ICTV after the Executive Committee meeting in San Francisco in 2005. His quiet but thoughtful presence, his phenomenal grasp of the rules of virus taxonomy and nomenclature, and his dedication and extremely heavy but productive workload for ICTV has been both very much appreciated by many members of ICTV and sorely missed since his retirement. Mike was elected as a Life Member of the ICTV at the Plenary Session in Istanbul Turkey in August 2008.
Mike had retired to the Isle of Mull. He is survived by his wife Cath, and their two sons.