Robert Lucien May, Jr. passed away peacefully at the age of 86 in Parsippany, NJ. He worked for 30 years as a mosquito expert and field technician for the Essex County Mosquito Commission, befitting his expertise in insects and birds. He attended Rutgers for training with the Mosquito Commission of Essex County. Although he did not have a degree, his lifelong study of birds, insects, frogs and astronomy was amazing. He kept personal diaries for over 40 years. He could identify any bird or insect and any of the 29 varieties of mosquitos. He was a member of the Entomological Society of America, the Montclair Bird Club, the New Jersey Audubon Society and the Wild Bird Center of West Caldwell as well as a participant in bird counts. In addition to his love of nature, he also loved music.
The obituary of this remarkable man may be seen online here. Tribute contributions may be made “in memory of Robert L. May Jr” to the New Jersey Audubon Society with the added comment: “For the preservation of golden-winged warbler habitat” and any acknowledgment sent to the funeral home or to firstname.lastname@example.org.