The death of John Cross on 19 November 2010 has deprived our parasitology community of a remarkable and accomplished scientist, someone who had achieved eminence internationally for his substantial contributions to parasitology during nearly 50 years of research and teaching. His contributions to the understanding and control of parasitic diseases, particularly tropical parasitic diseases in Asia, are well known. He lived and conducted research in Southeast Asia for 20 years and, as a result, became a widely recognized and sought-after parasitologist for his expertise on zoonotic parasites endemic to Asia. John began his long-association with Asia during World War II, as a U.S. Navy Corpsman in the Solomon Islands. After mustering out of the Navy in Shanghai, he began working for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), which in 1948 moved to Taiwan. He eventually returned to the United States to attend college,...

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