DON McAllister was born 23 August 1934 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and received both his postgraduate degrees at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. His M.A. (1957) on sculpins was under Casimir C. Lindsey and his Ph.D. (1964) was under J. C. Briggs and R. H. Rosenblatt (then on sabbatical leave from Scripps Institution of Oceanography). His doctoral thesis “Evolution of branchiostegals and classification of teleostome fishes,” published by the National Museum of Canada (1968) gave him a broad knowledge of fishes both fossil and living. He was an Assistant Curator at the Institute of Fisheries at UBC in 1956 and, in 1957–1958, a Curatorial Assistant in the Division of Fishes, University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, Ann Arbor, on a National Research Council of Canada scholarship. Fellow graduate students at Michigan were C. Lavett Smith and Teruya Uyeno, and he always maintained close ties with both...

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