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Trager, J.C.

Year: 2008


In memoriam – Roy R. Snelling (30 September 1934 - 21 April 2008)

Journal: Myrmecological News

Volume: 11

Pages: 227-229

Type of contribution: Obituary

Supplementary material: No


Roy Snelling, who turned a boyhood fascination with insects into a lifelong study of wasps, bees and especially ants, has died. Roy was 73. According to his son Gordon, Roy died in his sleep, apparently after suffering a heart attack, only a few days into a planned three-month expedition in Kenya. He was there to collect material of ants and bees, and to increase generally the currently meager knowledge of that surprisingly little-studied insect fauna. Professionally, Roy served as curator of Hymenoptera, and as a collections manager, for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.  Outside of work, he was married and divorced twice, and is survived by fellow myrmecologist Gordon, another son, Michael Duffy, a daughter, Shelley Duffy, and a brother, Clarence Snelling...

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Publisher: The Austrian Society of Entomofaunistics

ISSN: Print: 1994-4136 - Online: 1997-3500