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In Remembrance

As BugGuide ages we are going to continue to lose members, editors, experts who have dedicated much time and efforts to this collective guide. I think it would be nice to have a Forum in remembrance of those people. What do you all think?

Edna Steward Woodward
'' If tomorrow starts without me and im not here to see, If the sun should rise you find your eyes all filled with tears for me, I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did today while thinking of the many things we didnt get to say. I know how much you love me, as much as I love you and each time you think of me, I know you will miss me too. When tomorrow starts without me please try to understand, that an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand. He said my place was ready, in Heaven far above and that i'd have to leave behind all those I dearly love. As I turned and walked away a tear fell from my eye. For all my life I had always thought, I didnt want to die. I had so much to live for, so much left yet to do. I thought of all the yesterdays the good ones and the bad, I thought of all the love I felt and all the fun I’d had. When i thought of worldly things I might miss come tomorrow, for a moment my heart was filled with sorrow then I walked through Heavens gates and I felt so much at home. God looked down and smiled at me from his great golden throne he said, "this is eternity and all I've promised you your life on earth has passed but here life starts anew. I promise no tomorrow but today will always last and since each day is the same there's no longing for the past. You have been faithful trusting and true. though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldnt do. You have been forgiven and now at last you are free. So when tomorrow starts without me dont think were far apart, for every time you think of me, I'm right close in your heart."
Edna Steward Woodward passed away July 12th 2019 at her lifelong home and family farm a short time after her health took a turn for the worst. Thank you all for the thoughts and prayers and love, her online friends/family were sure to have been her strength and motivation and peace more often than not, as its no secret she spent many many hours in front of her computer. If you happen to see a moth fly by or perhaps even a beetle or spider, think of her and you'll be sure to smile!!
RIP Eddie

I didn't know Edna ...
but was touched to find this comment further down on this page:

"excellent and we should all let our family and friends know to let bugguide know. even tho we may never meet I would mourn the passing of many people on here.
… Edna Woodward, 1 September, 2013 - 12:55pm "

I'm sure she would have appreciated your kind words. I'm sorry for your loss.

Rowland Shelley
I discovered in a round-about way that Rowland passed yesterday, 11/11/18. I'll miss him.

The only item that came up so far is this, just basic info:

And I think it would be nice to have a separate forum.

A great loss.
Dr. Shelley's expertise with millipedes and centipedes, both rather neglected groups with few living experts, was invaluable here on BugGuide. His identifications were very precise, often including the taxon authority and year (just in case there was any confusion!). His annotated checklists to the millipede faunas of Florida, California, North Carolina, and Eastern and Central Canada substantially helped clarify the geographic range of these often short-ranging invertebrates, (especially useful when trying to ID photographs with only a location, when diagnostic body parts cannot be observed). His impressive publication record (I think the grand total will be over 300 papers) both described numerous new species and refined previous taxonomy with familial and generic revisions that will set the stage for future generations of myriapodologists. I wish I could have met him.

We lost a great expert
Very sad. I hope his wonderful page will be kept for a long time ...
The Myriapoda (Millipedes, Centipedes) Featuring the North American Fauna

So sad
Thanks for letting us know.

So sad to hear this. :(

Jo Ann Poe-McGavin
passed away on Jan 24 2015. I have been wondering why I haven't seen any new photos from her on Bugguide :( She contributed quite a few Vespid records (among many other insects) from Jim Thorpe, PA.

John Glaser
Known on this site by his initials "JDG", passed away in early 2016.

Here is a short obituary from the Maryland Entomological Society:

The MES sadly reports on the recent passing of Dr. John Glaser.
He was in his 80’s. In his younger days he had a career with the
Geological Survey of Maryland. After retiring from that, he
pursued his avid interest in entomology. He was a longtime
member of the MES. He was very much interested in beetles,
and as such he was an expert on tiger beetles. He developed an
expertise in the snail-eating ground beetles in the genus
Scaphinotus. Another great interest of his, which was developed
later, was in moths in general. He had collaborated with Dr.
Douglas Ferguson of the Smithsonian Institution in working on
the moths of Maryland. However, this work was never
completed; rather, he contributed greatly to Larry Line’s Moths
of Maryland website and to Bob Patterson’s Moth
Photographers Group website.
He helped various members of the MES with identifications,
being very generous with his time. Also, much of his collection
has been donated to various museums, including the
Smithsonian, and more will be donated. He also has valuable
books on entomology, which will be donated to one or more
scientific establishments.
He will be missed at the MES and will be well remembered.

Martin Turgeon
Just to let you know, contributor Martin Turgeon passed away this summer. His entire insect collection has gone to the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John, NB. His obit (in French) can be found HERE.

Profile page
Here is his profile page.

By the way, I just followed some of the obituary pages for some of the members, and several were no longer operative. I'm thinking that obituaries placed by the local funeral operators are not kept up.

Bob Carlson
the other day i learned (from Dave Smith) that Bob Carlson "passed away earlier this year" --but was unable to find Bob's obituary yet.

Bob joined BG in 2009, immediately took charge of the guide's ichneumonid section, and did a fantastic job bringing it up to much higher standards --he was working on it tirelessly for several years, also using his connections to get IDs for a wide variety of non-ichneumonid Parasitica.

we corresponded extensively back then, on matters well beyond BG or even science.

hope Dr Smith, a close friend of Bob's, adds a note here.

Bob Carlson
I was wondering why I hadn't heard from him. lately. Bob always took the time to explain his IDs, as with this Colpotrochia texana

He will be missed
Bob was incredibly helpful. I noticed his absence and kept wondering about him. Sorry to hear he is gone.

Very sad to hear
Bob was incredibly helpful identifying thousands of Ichneumonid wasps, virtually being the curator of that family. I corresponded many times with Bob and will miss him.

Terry Wheeler
Tery Wheeler passed away yesterday. Very sad to lose Terry. He stayed upbeat and positive despite his illness. Terry was always willing to help and was actively engaged on our site.

earlier today i started drafting an e-mail to him asking to visit BG, it's been a while and all...

i didn't even know about his illness, what a loss indeed

Scott Peden
Scott passed away. Info here.

So sad!
There is also a nice write-up here.

This makes my heart so sad.

How sad
How sad. So many of us have had interactions with her throughout the years (not enough!) of her involvement with BG and spiders. She will be greatly missed.

Mandy Howe
An expert at identifying spiders and also a dear friend and mentor to me. She dedicated countless hours to spiders on BugGuide and was a truly lovely person gone much too soon.

BugGuide profile here:

How sad this is!
I had no idea but I do remember not seeing her active on her other spider community site. Mandy was so nice and helpful to me. She was very passionate about spiders and would do anything she could to help. Very sad indeed.

It looks like your last activity here was a couple weeks before I made this post. I can't believe it's been nearly three years now - I hope you are doing well.

Epiceraticelus mandyae
a new species was named to honor Mandy's contributions to the North American arachnology community. Draney et al., 2019(1)

Mandy would be so proud.


I second that
Was a nice bit of news to hear, and neither can I believe that it's been three years.

I'm still alive and well and busy, just no longer with spiders -- other than the ones I encounter "in the flesh" so to speak.

Best wishes to all you busy "BugGuide guides"! I do think of you now and then.


We all must pass but I hope it doesn't get worse than this. A sad, sad blow for the BG community and for all that knew her.

I'm still in shock so I'm not even going to try fitting words. Here's some of Mandy's:

"...I routinely check every possible place that any spider could be lurking when I log on every day. Arachnida, araneae, araneomorphae, etc...basically the beginning of every larger taxonomic rank as well as ID Request, recent, and even frass."

There's a glimpse into her indomitable spirit.

Her family has ...
set up a scholarship fundraiser in her name here:

Very sad news
Just saw this today. My deepest condolences to her family and friends. Such a gifted, yet humble and friendly human being.

It is so sad
She raised so fast to the expert level! Indeed a great role model, a brilliant mind and a colleague devoted to community.

I'm humbled by Mandy's niceness.
A couple years ago I received unexpected cheery correspondences from her on resolving some of her difficult ground beetle images -- even resorting to mailing me specimens for confirmation! At that time her work was unfamiliar to me and I did not know she was stepping out of her usual role as "spider lady". I now realize Mandy was more broad minded among the arthropods than I will ever be.

Mandy was an "all in" contributor and it was always . . .
a delight to read her posts. I am saddened by her passing. We will miss you Mandy.

What a shock
to lose someone so talented and young. She surely will be missed by all that knew her.

Very sad
What a shame to loose a colleague on BugGuide at such a young age. She was such a great role model: knowledgeable, helpful, gracious. She will be missed.

Much too soon indeed.
She will be missed.

So sad!
Mandy was an extraordinary woman. There are many in our online community who will deeply mourn her passing. She was smart, funny, caring, helpful, professional, and much more. I personally enjoyed working with her very much, and we will miss her greatly!

Oh my God, No
I can't believe this, nor accept it. What a joy she has been to know.

Sad news about Liz Day in fatal accident;id=1078529

She made excellent contributions to the Bombus guide

Obituary can be read here

Dr. Mark Muegge
a great guy (and BG member) who helped us on many occasions with dipluran IDs, has passed away three weeks ago (according to a note from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office that Brad Barnd has just forwarded me)

Mark's profile (scroll down)

obituary can be read

A wonderful idea . .
So many generous and talented folks now gone who (I bet) considered BG an important part of their teaching/learning.

Herbert Walter Levi, 2014
Herbert Walter Levi, one of the grand arachnologists of the 20th century, died on Monday 3 November 2014.

“Och, my head is full of spider genitalia!, a tribute by Wayne Maddison”


I got an email ...
this morning via the American Arachnological Society saying that his wife Lorna Levi (86) also passed away this past Saturday on Nov. 15.

I agree - A BG Hall of Fame or just a place to
acknowledge and remember is important. All of us have likely felt the loss when the author of a field guide (one we likely never met) passed away. BG brings us even closer to so many folks that assist with their expertise. Ultimately this validates a passion we already have or opens a new door to learning.

Just received an email about Gary Felton
I am sorry to inform you that Gary Lynn Felton died on Saturday, February 1st, 2014 at 2:10 in the morning in our home. It was a very sad event and an even more sad situation.

I am writing to tell you this, because Gary will no longer be reading your emails.

JoAnne Felton

excellent and we should all let our family and friends know to
let bugguide know. even tho we may never meet I would mourn the passing of many people on here.

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