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Family, Friends and Food

Biochemistry emeritus professor writes memoir to honor the life of his mother

Joe Polacco has always had writing in his blood. Well before he arrived at the University of Missouri in 1979, he found himself writing poetry. The humorous lyrics that he would write for his fellow MU Biochemistry faculty members to commemorate birthdays and retirements would eventually earn him the title “Poet Laureate of Biochemistry.” It was not until the passing of…