Prof. Dr Dewey Raski (1918-2014)
Prof. Raski passed away on 21st January 2014.
He was professor at UC Davis
Dr Gregor William Yeates (1944-2012)
Dr Yeates passed away on 6th August 2012.
During his 40 year career, Dr Yeates made a significant contribution to Nematology, primarily through his work in nematode ecology. The full obituary is published in Nematology (2012) 14, 1019-1021
Prof. Istvan Andrassy (1927-2012)
Prof. Daniel Orion
Passed away on 7th April 2012.
Prof Orion was a nematologist and former Head of the Nematology
Department at the Volcani Center, ARO, Israel.
Dr. William Sherrill Gazaway
Pssed away on March 20, 2012. Dr. Gazaway graduated from
Mississippi State University with a BS in Plant Pathology
and completed his doctorate in Plant Pathology at Texas
A& M working with Dr. Bob Halliwell. Dr. Gazaway began
working with Dole (Standard Fruit Company) in Costa Rica
and Nicaragua on banana diseases and took further Nematology
training in Venezuela. He began his career at Auburn University
in 1976. In the late 1980s, Dr. Gazaway identified the reniform
nematode in cotton in Alabama and focused subsequent efforts
in this area. Current nematode management strategies in
cotton in Alabama are based on research conducted by Dr.
Gazaway. He was Emeritus Professor of Plant Pathology and
Extension Plant Pathologist at Auburn University.
Peggy Sue King
Passed away on March 9, 2012. Peggy contributed greatly
to the Science of Nematology by participating in nematological
research and serving as Secretary of ONTA and Treasurer
of the Society of Nematologists (SON). She was honored with
the ONTA Special Award and many Distinguished Service Awards
from ONTA and SON in appreciation of her dedicated services
and managerial skills.
The concept and development of ONTA, what it is today and
what it will be in the future, is firmly rooted in Peggy's
work and personality.
An obituary can be found at:
Dr Jan van Bezooijen
On Tuesday 17 January Jan van Bezooijen passed away. Within the chair group Nematology we are sad to lose a man with a remarkable personality, a highly appreciated colleague with a warm and vibrant personality. Jan devoted his whole career to Nematological research and education. Started as a technician in 1960 he developed himself as an independent scientific researcher who always sought practical applications for scientific knowledge. Through his extraordinary capacity to pass on knowledge he fulfilled a prominent role in the Nematological community. Also because of this capacity, the Queen of The Netherlands awarded him a medal of honour.
Teaching was his passion, and even after his retirement in 2001, he trained numerous students during the many practical courses Nematology in Wageningen and at many other places all over the world. During the 50 years that he was connected to our chair group he inspired hundreds of students for the small world of the microscopic worms. In South Africa, one of the last conferences Jan attended, he concluded with satisfaction that most delegates participated in one of his courses. These people will undoubtedly remember Jan as the inspiring expert lecturer with the nematode-fishing needle behind his ear. That was typically Jan, always busy with students and always ready to help someone else.
Jan was the person you visited for small talk or to relieve ones feelings. On these occasions he served you freshly brewed coffee and he always cheered you up. After a day of hard work stress was relieved by working in his vegetable garden or in one of the orchards that surrounded the village he lived in. Jan was Nematology, he had an open heart for everyone, he loved people and we will miss a person always looking at the bright side of life. We wish his wife Aaltje, his children and everyone that has been in close contact with him the strength to get over this loss.
Dr. Brian Kerry
Passed away after a long illness at the end of October
Prof. Gopal Swarup (1928-2012)
Passed away on July 16, 2011.
He started his career as a Plant Pathologist
at the IARI Regional Research Station, Shimla, India to
work on wheat rust. He moved to the Division of Mycology
and Plant Pathology, IARI, New Delhi in 1958 and headed
the Nematology Unit there till 1966. It was during this
period that the foundations of Nematology in India, through
the South East Asia Post Graduate Nematology Courses at
IARI, New Delhi & Aligarh Muslim University were laid.
With the merger of these two separate units the Division
of Nematology at IARI came into existence in 1966. He became
the senior founder member of the new Division and officially
retired in 1988 but continued to be active in his field.
Dr. Armand R. Maggenti (1933-2010)
Dr Armand Maggenti died in Davis, California on June 11,
2010. He was born in San Jose, California in 1933. He conducted
all his studies in California. He received his B.S. degree
in Entomology and Parasitology at the University of California,
Berkeley in 1954 and four years later his PhD in Entomology
at the same university. He conducted his PhD research under
the guidance of Dr. Merlin Allen with research on the biology,
morphology and taxonomy of the genus Plectus. He started
his Nematology career in the newly formed Department of
Nematology at the University of California, Davis where
he remained. He chaired the department from 1973-1978, was
Associate Dean of Student Affairs from 1982 till 1987. He
retired in 1993 and received the title of Emeritus Professor
Dr Maggenti was an exceptionally gifted speaker and teacher,
popular among his students and very appreciated at international
meetings. He was one of the founders of the Society of Nematologists
His early career development was strongly influenced by
the eminent Dr. Benjamin Chitwood. He published many papers
with well known nematologists among them, Drs Chitwood,
Croll, Dougherty, Fortuner, Geraert, Luc and Raski. His
main research topics were on nematode phylogeny, evolution
of nematode parasitism, control of plant-parasitic nematodes.
He published a very successful book 'General Nematology'
a basic work for many nematologists. He was elected Fellow
of the Society of Nematologists in 1990.
He was a very charismatic person with a broad knowledge
and a valued mentor. He will remain for ever in the minds
of all who knew him.
Dr Vernon G. Perry (1923-2010)
Dr Vernon G. Perry died on February 16, 2010. He was original
from Boaz, Alabama (USA). He obtained his B.S. (1943) and
M.S (1949) degrees from Auburn University and his Ph.D from
the University of Wisconsin in 1958. After the World War
II during which he served in the U.S Army as a First Lieutenant
being stationed in the Philippines, he moved back to Alabama.
He started his Nematology career at the United States department
of Agricultural at Sanford, Florida where he worked together
with the famous nematologist Dr. J.R. Christie. Together
they discovered that ectoparasitic nematodes were responsible
for plant diseases. They also cooperated in the identification
of Radopholus similis as the causal agent of spreading decline
of citrus. These discoveries were very important for the
development of Nematology in Florida. He was a Professor
of Nematology at the University of Florida and later was
Chair for the Entomology and Nematology Department. He retired
in 1986. His preferred research topic dealt with turf grass
nematodes and management of turf grass nematode problems.
Dr Vernon G. Perry published 75 scientific papers including
By everyone who knew him, Dr Vernon Perry was very much
liked and appreciated. He was a real gentleman, always kind
and thoughtful and friendly to everyone he met.
Notice based on Obituary published in Nematology Newsletter,
Dr Michel Luc (1927-2010)
Michel Luc passed away on January 18, 2010, a few days
after his wife Mariette. He was a great nematologist and
one of the last founding fathers of modern Nematology. Michel
Luc was born in Tunis (Tunisia) in 1927. After obtaining
his licentiate degree in natural sciences from the Sorbonne
(Paris, 1948), he was offered a position at ORSTOM (now
IRD) in 1950. He started his career as a phytopathologist
at Adiopodoumé, near Abidjan (Ivory Coast) where
he worked on tropical parasitic fungi. In 1954 he was trained
as a nematologist, taxonomist at the labs of Prof L. De
Coninck at Ghent University, Belgium and in The Netherlands
at the labs of Dr Seinhorst and Prof. Oostenbrink. A year
later, he established the first French tropical Nematology
laboratory and in 1970 a second Nematology laboratory near
Dakar (Senegal). From 1975 onwards until his retirement,
he worked at the natural history museum in Paris. He was
worldwide recognized as an authority on plant-parasitic
nematodes more in particular on Xiphinema (Longidoridae)
in which he described 40 new species, Criconematidae (23
new species) and several other groups in which he described
new species and three new genera among them a devastating
pest of rice Hirschmaniella. He published over 150 nematology
papers and contributed to various books. He was one of the
editors of the very successful book on Plant-parasitic nematodes
in subtropical and tropical agriculture published by CAB
International in 1990 and a revised and updated 2nd edition
in 2005. Michel Luc also launched the very successful journal
Revue de Nématologie and saw this journal through
its transformation into Fundamental and Applied Nematology
in 1992. When the journal was fused with Nematologica forming
the current journal Nematology, Michel Luc was indicated
as Honorary Editor. As member of the editorial board he
continued to review papers till shortly before his death.
Michel received several honours and awards including the
nomination as a Fellow of the Society of Nematologists (SON)
in 1986 and the European Society of Nematologists (ESN)
He was not only an outstanding nematologist, a role model
for many among us but also a very warm person. He will be
missed by his family and by many of us nematologists and
An extensive obituary notice can be found in Nematology,
2010, 12, 485-493.