John J. McDermott was born in Newark, New Jersey on 31 May 1927 and passed away in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on 4 October 2017. John served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, during which he was a Torpedoman's Mate Third Class on the destroyers USS Pritchett and Bradford. After the war, John attended Seton Hall College in New Jersey, where he was a member of the basketball team and graduated with a BS in Biology in 1949. John then went on to complete his MS (1951) and PhD (1954) degrees in Biology from Rutgers University, both under the direction of the parasitologist Leslie Stauber (Trager 1972). For his MS thesis, John studied trematodes of the eastern mudsnail, providing detailed morphological descriptions that are still in use today. For his PhD work, John shifted to research on a coccidian parasite of chickens but he never lost...

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