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Kenneth A. Neiland ’50

Kenneth Neiland ’50, January 15, 2000, in Redmond, Oregon. He earned a master’s degree from UCLA and worked on a doctorate there. In 1961, he was hired by the new state of Alaska as a wildlife researcher for the fish and game department. He was a specialist in wildlife diseases and parasites and often worked from field camps with his wife, Bonita, who had a doctorate in plant ecology. The couple lived in Fairbanks from the ’60s until their retirement in the late ’80s, when they moved to Sisters, Oregon. Kenneth was recognized for his research and many publications on northern wildlife, and he contributed to a number of national and international wildlife disease conferences. He was among the first Alaska scientists to collaborate with Russian colleagues during the thawing of the Cold War, and he made several research trips to Siberia. He was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping, and he designed and crafted both fishing poles and firearms. He also played the piano, composed music, and collected books and stamps. Survivors include his wife and a sister.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2001

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