|David Stephan, circa August 1973|
Also a competent herpetologist, Dave additionally carried out a number of special identification and research projects with NCSU faculty, other scientists and students; worked closely with personnel from the NCSU Insect Museum; and was extensively involved with homeowner and agent training in the identification of insects and other arthropods. He was a regular presenter on satellite (later internet) training sessions broadcast several times a year to Cooperative Extension Agents and Master Gardener Volunteers.
|David Stephan, April 2011|
Beyond his formidable technical skills, Dave's diversity of interests and talents will be missed in the PDIC. Without Dave's black belt in the art of bad puns, the clinic will be a safer but duller place. He is a connoisseur of weather, of new words, of motion pictures, and of science fiction, particularly the Star Trek and Babylon 5 series. In spare moments we've chatted about everything from Broadway show tunes to the refractive index of diamonds. His is a mind that makes connections.
Last week, colleagues old and new joined to thank Dave for his many contributions to the Plant Disease and Insect Clinic, the Entomology Department, the North Carolina State University Extension Service and to the citizens of North Carolina. Since a replacement entomologist has not yet been hired, there will be a period of time during which insect identification services will not be available at the clinic. Please see the announcement on our home page for details.
Dave, don't forget: live long and prosper.