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Retired Tulane biology professor Milton Fingerman memorial on Sunday

Milton Fingerman, age 94, professor emeritus of biology at Tulane University, passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2022. 


A native of Boston, he graduated from Boston College before attending Northwestern University, where he obtained his PhD.  He joined the faculty at Tulane University in 1954 and retired from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2000, after having served as chair of the department for 13 years. 

In an enormously creative academic career he published more than 325 papers or book chapters, two books, and over 120 abstracts.  His contributions to the field of crustacean endocrinology were broad and covered nearly all areas of crustacean biology and physiology, color changes, reproduction molting eye pigment movements, regeneration, toxicology and pharmacology.

He spent many summers conducting research at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass.  He also served as the managing editor of the American Zoologist for 15 years and was an editorial board member or associate editor of numerous other journals. 

Fingerman made lasting friendships with many of his international doctoral students.  He was an avid Tulane and Boston Red Sox fan and enjoyed his time serving as faculty representative to the Tulane Athletic Department. 

Predeceased by his first wife, Joyce Sue Whitsell Fingerman, and his son, David Clay Fingerman, he is survived by his wife Maria Esperanza Espinosa Fingerman, his son Stephen (Daphne) Fingerman, his sister Bernice (Edward) Soltysik and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2022, at 1:00 pm at Hebrew Rest Cemetery #3, 2100 Pelopidas Street, New Orleans with Rabbi Daniel Sherman of Temple Sinai officiating.  The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service.

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