Nov. 6, 1927 – Jan. 1, 2013

Martin J. Pine, Ph.D., of Amherst, a Roswell Park Cancer Institute research scientist, died Jan. 1 in the Health Center at Canterbury Woods, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 85.

Born in Forest Hills, Queens, he was a graduate of Cornell University and did graduate work at the University of Wisconsin and Indiana University, earning a doctorate in bacteriology, now microbiology.

A postdoctoral fellowship took him to Yale University for two years, where he met his wife, Ellen, who had a similar fellowship. When their fellowships ended in 1954, they both took positions at Roswell Park, and he continued his research on the protein turnover of microorganisms. In 1970, Dr. Pine wrote a seminal paper on the topic, which is considered a milestone today.

His research led to a sabbatical invitation in 1974 to Stanford University, where he brought cell cultures that proved significant in understanding how cancer makes genomes in stable cells. He retired in 1990.

Dr. Pine was an avid gardener and a longtime member of the Buffalo Bonsai Society and the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens. In the early 1990s, he single-handedly converted a small area in the Botanical Gardens into a bonsai corner.

He also was an antiques enthusiast, collecting and restoring antique furniture and photographs. His specialty was Civil War soldiers. He also created several tables for the Buffalo YMCA, where he was a member.

He enjoyed classical music, especially opera. He was a member of Opera Buffs of Western New York. He also led an opera class at Canterbury Woods.

He and his wife traveled extensively to Europe, Central America and Israel.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Nathanael, Jay and Aaron; and a brother, Bernard Pinsky.

A memorial service was held at Canterbury Woods.