Ricardo V. Dreyfuss, photomicroscoper

April 4, 2013

Ricardo V. “Rick” Dreyfuss, 58, a photo­microscoper who worked for the National Institutes of Health for more than 25 years, died March 14 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.

He had complications from lung cancer, his sister Lisa Dreyfuss said.

Mr. Dreyfuss was employed by NIH until his death. He worked over the years using microscopes and fluorescent dyes to take magnified photographs of cells and organisms invisible to the naked eye. He received an NIH director’s award in 1994.

Ricardo Vicente Dreyfuss was born in San Bernardino, Calif., and served in the Army in the 1970s in Germany.

A Silver Spring resident, he was a volunteer coach for the nonprofit MSI youth soccer league in Montgomery County in the 1990s.

From the 1970s until his death, he played drums, sang and wrote songs for punk rock bands, including the Chumps, Half Japanese, CooCooRockinTime and Spidercake.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Lana Behr Dreyfuss of Silver Spring; four children, Nathan Dreyfuss, Derek Dreyfuss, Xena Dreyfuss and Ziv Dreyfuss, all of Silver Spring; a brother, John R. Dreyfuss of Washington; and two sisters, Lisa Dreyfuss of Washington and Amy Dreyfuss of Branson, Mo.

— Rachel S. Karas