Parasitology lost an archetypical professor with the death of Michael (Mick) Burt in March 2014, after a battle with liver cancer. A world-class and award-winning parasitologist, he taught and researched at the Fredericton Campus of the University of New Brunswick (UNB) for 50 yr.

I first met Mick in 1972 as a first-year undergraduate at UNB—a serendipitous occasion to be sure. Mick had taken a sabbatical leave the previous year, one of many times that he returned to Scotland. Had he taken his sabbatical the following year instead, he would not have taught the parasitology/invertebrate biology section of UNB's first year biology course, I would not have asked him for a summer job the following summer, and my subsequent career would likely have been very different. That summer job led me to do an Honour's project with Mick (then “Dr. Burt”) on swimmer's...

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