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Gerard Robert WYATT

Queen's University emeritus professor Gerard (Jerry) Robert Wyatt died peacefully on March 28, 2019 at the age of 93. Jerry was born in Palo Alto California on September 3, 1925. Jerry had one brother Lawrence (Larry), (d. 1998). His family moved to Victoria, BC when Jerry was eight where he lived until university. Jerry received his BSc in zoology from the University of British Columbia where his summer fieldwork focused on forest insect infestations. He studied at the University of California Berkeley and received his PhD from the University of Cambridge where his research contributed significantly to understanding the structure of DNA. He worked in the Laboratory of Insect Pathology at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (1950-54), and taught at both Yale University (1954-73) and Queen's University (1973-94), where he served as Chair of the Biology Department and Scientific Director of Insect Biotech Canada, a network of centers of excellence funded by the Canadian government and dedicated to coordinated research on the control of economically-destructive insect species (1989-1993). His career was enriched by sabbaticals to work at Harvard (Cambridge, Mass 1956/57), the National Institute of Medical Research (London, 1966/67), the National Institute of Health (Bethesda, Maryland 1978/79) and the University of Paris (1986). His longstanding interest in biochemistry and insect physiology informed his team's research on the role of juvenile hormone in insect metamorphosis, reproduction, and gene expression. Jerry married Sarah Silver Morton (d. 1981), a PhD candidate and colleague in insect pathology research in 1951. Their three children, Eve (Chuck Murenbeeld), Graham (Joy), and Diana (Craig Campbell) survive. Jerry married Mary Ev (Rogers/Newman) in 1985, adding her sons Jonathan (Chantal Gervais) and David (Anne) to his family. Jerry's grandchildren, Daphne, Lilith, Julie, Silver, Katherine, Nat and Emily benefited from his love, generosity, humility, wisdom, and example, and from his skill as a woodworker, photographer, maple syrup tapper and marmalade maker. Great-grandson, Beau, born March 2018, brought sunshine to Jerry's final months. Heartfelt thanks to the staff at Trillium Ridge Care Community for their kindness and excellent care to Jerry and our family. Memorial donations may be made to the Nature Conservancy Canada. A celebration of Jerry's life will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 11:00 at Sydenham Street United Church.0
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Posted by Nirupa and Jim (Friends) On Thursday, April 11, 2019
We're sorry for your loss. Thinking of you, Eve and Chuck

Nirupa and Jim

An influential scientist
Posted by Ken Davey (Scientific Friend (member of IBC)) On Saturday, April 6, 2019
As a member of Insect Biotech Canada (one of the first NCEs approved for funding) and a co-author on a major review, I salute Jerry's influence in the field of insect hormone research. While I will be in Kingston on April 13, I will be unable to attend the memorial because of the RSC function on that day, but will join in the glass raising proposed by Pierre du Prey.
Remembering a true gentleman
Posted by Bruce & Catherine Henricks (Friends) On Friday, April 5, 2019
How saddened we are at the passing of this dear man. Mary Ev, We felt enriched whenever our paths crossed here at the lake and often spoke of the true gentleman he was and the perfect match you both made as a couple. He will always live on in all your hearts and we want you to know he will remain in ours too. We will never forget having known him. Big hugs,as warm as Jerry's were, from Bruce & Catherine at the lake.
Sad Loss of a Colleague
Posted by Pierre du Prey (fellow Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada) On Friday, April 5, 2019
I am sorry to learn this news of Jerry's passing and send you his family my sincere condolences. Sadly I am unable to attend the memorial on the 13th which coincides with the RSC annual seminar, an event at which Jerry so often graced us with his presence and intellect. At the Principal's Luncheon that day I will ask assembled Fellows to raise a glass in Jerry's memory. All best wishes,

Pierre du Prey FRSC

Posted by Wayne and Fran (Friend) On Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Sorry for your loss. He will be sadly missed at Benson lake.

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