John Oldham was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma. A critical event occurred just a few minutes before: the birth of his twin brother Jim, who is here with us today. Jim, a retired Professor of Labor Law at Georgetown, labored unsuccessfully to keep his younger brother in his place, but as today demonstrates, John persevered. Their father worked in the natural gas industry, and they moved among a number of Texas cities before they completed high school, a pattern we see replicated in John’s career. He received a B.S. in engineering from Duke, an M.S. in neuroendocrinology and an M.D. from Baylor, to which he returned in 2007 as Professor of Psychiatry, Executive Vice Chair and Chief of Staff of the Menninger Clinic. In the intervening 40 years, he interned at St. Luke’s in New York, trained in psychiatry at Columbia, met his wife Karen, a physician, served in the Air Force, completed his psychoanalytic training, and was on the faculties of Columbia, Cornell, and the Medical University of South Carolina. While rising to the peak of every aspect of psychiatry, he and Karen raised Madeleine, the director of a research and development lab for the creation of new plays at the Berkeley Repertory Theater, and Michael, a neuroscientist at the Broad Center of UCSF, studying how patterns of gene activity change over space and time. Both are with us today.