W. L. MINCKLEY, better known as “Mink” to his colleagues, friends, and generations of graduate students, died on 22 June 2001 at Desert Samaritan Hospital in Mesa, Arizona, from complications associated with treatment for cancer. He was 65 and lived in Tempe. Minckley came to Arizona State University in 1963 where he conducted research and taught for 38 years, continuing these activities even after retiring in 2000 to become Professor Emeritus.

Wendell Lee Minckley was born on 13 November 1935 in Ottawa, Kansas. One evening in 1945 following a family outing to Lone Star Lake, Mink questioned his father, a Kansas state game warden, about a condition known as “rubberneck” he had observed in ducks that day. The next morning when he awoke with a “rubbery” neck, he was rushed to the hospital, diagnosed with polio, spent time in an iron lung,...

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