Giles W. Mead Jr., a prominent ichthyologist and long time member of ASIH, died on 13 February 2003 at his family ranch on Atlas Peak, high above the Napa Valley in Northern California. Giles was born in New York City on 5 February 1928; his father, Giles W. Mead, was a well-to-do business man. When young Giles was seven the family moved to Southern California, where he grew up in Beverly Hills.

Giles received his A.B. (1949), M.A. (1952), and Ph.D. (1953) degrees from Stanford University where he worked for the U.S. Bureau of Commercial Fisheries (BCF): Among other projects he traveled to Japan to study the stomach contents of pelagic fur seals in the Northwest Pacific. In graduate school, he joined an active group of ichthyology and herpetology students taught by George Sprague Myers in the now defunct Stanford Natural History...

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