I was introduced to Dr. Rick Speare from James Cook University when I was a graduate student with Dr. Jim Collins at Arizona State University. Dr. Speare was responsible for the discovery of chytridiomycosis and had an impressive body of other research work spanning both veterinary and human medicine. This morning I woke up to several emails from former colleagues informing us that Dr. Speare was killed in a motor vehicle accident in Townsville on his way home from a trip. His loss will be felt by the ecology, conservation, and public health communities not just in Australia but also around the world. Our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.