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John L. Kaspar

John Kaspar

Dr. John "Jack" L. Kaspar, age 88, died on December 18, 2015. He earned a bachelor's degree, master's degree and PhD. in biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was a biology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for more than 30 years. He was an active member of the American Arachnological Society, attending many meetings from 1970s to 2000s. His arachnological research concentrated on the fauna of Wisconsin, beginning with an article coauthored with Herb and Lorna Levi in 1958. He served as Vince Roth’s editor for the Third Edition (1993) of Spider Genera of North America, the direct forerunner of today’s Spiders of North America identification manual. In addition, he was an ornithologist and was honored by the Wisconsin Ornithological Society in 1996 for his lifetime contributions to that field. His arachnid collection, the largest in the state, was donated to the Richter Museum of Natural History at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.