GAETA, Italy — Lloyd Vernon Knutson, 83, born July 4, 1934, in Ottawa, died Jan. 10 in Gaeta, Italy, after a brief illness.
He was the son of Floyd V. Knutson and Jennie J. Valesano. He was preceded in death by both parents and sister, Phylliss A. Baker.
He is survived by his spouse, Edmea Demeglio Knutson, of Gaeta; son, David R. Knutson, Poolesville, Md.; daughter, Kari L. Kopp, Arden, N.C.; seven grandchildren; and brother, Gary B. Gaffney, Sandwich.
Dr. Knutson earned a B.A. degree from Macalester College (St. Paul, Minn.) in 1957 and was awarded a Ph.D. (Limnology) from Cornell University in 1963.
He was employed by Cornell University (1963-1968) and then by the Agricultural Research Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (1968-1997). After five years as a USDA research scientist at the Smithsonian Institution, Dr. Knutson served for 29 years as research leader in entomology in Beltsville, Md.; Rome, Italy; and Montpellier, France. He wrote more than 200 technical publications and books and traveled worldwide on government business.
His energy, enthusiasm and expertise served him well as president of the Association of Registered Professional Entomologists and of the Entomological Society of America and as secretary and treasurer of, and sometimes editor for, various professional biology societies.
Communications of remembrance to his wife (Salita degli Albito 29, Gaeta Lt, Italy 04024; firstname.lastname@example.org) would be greatly appreciated.