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Memoir

John B. Burch
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John B. Burch, Ph.D., curator of mollusks in the Museum of Zoology
and professor of zoology, College of Literature Science and the Arts, and
professor of natural resources, School of Natural Resources and
Environment, retired from active faculty status on December 31, 2001.

Professor Burch received his B.S. degree from Randolph-Macon
College in 1952, his M.S. degree from the University of Richmond in 1954,
and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan in 1959. From 1955-
62, he was a research assistant, then research associate. 1- joined the faculty
of the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology and Department of
Zoology as a curator and assistant professor in 1962. He was promoted to
associate professor in 1964 and professor in 1970. He served as the chair of
the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from 1979-81 and was
named professor of natural resources in 1980.

Professor Burch's research focuses on freshwater mollusks and
infectious diseases, and he has more than 180 publications. His special
contributions have been in cytotaxonomy and evolution of snails, cell and
tissue culture of mollusks, and snails as vectors of disease.

An internationally known scholar, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award
of the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society and special recognition
from the Science Society of Thailand, Malacological Society of the
Philippines, and Korean Society of Malacology, as well as adjunct
appointments in Canada, China, India, Australia, Cuba, and elsewhere. He is
chair of the International Advisory Committee, International Society for
Medical and Applied Malacology. Professor Burch chaired 20 doctoral
committees and 6 master's committees and served as external examiner for
23 doctoral degrees at foreign universities. He founded the international
journal Malacologia and served on the editorial boards of 7 journals, as well
as editing the publications of the Museum of Zoology.

The Regents now salute this distinguished faculty member by naming
John B. Burch curator emeritus of mollusks, professor emeritus of zoology,
and professor emeritus of natural resources.