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Richard L. Hurley, 1934-2008

Posted date: December 08, 2009
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Miscellaneous Publication
Source: Fly Times. 41: 2-3.


Richard Lester Hurley, dolichopodid worker and friend to everyone, passed away on September 3rd at the age of 74. He was born on June 22, 1934 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and received a B.A. in biology from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in 1957. For his senior thesis, he conducted an insect survey of the Lake Opinicon region. Rich spent the summers of 1957-58 working for Agriculture Canada; collecting insects in the Northwest Territories for the Northern Insect Survey in 1957, and in southern Manitoba in 1958. It was during these two summers that his interests were confidently narrowed to Diptera ("refined" as Rich would say). For this, Rich was charged with collecting all insects, but he quickly favored the flies in particthe ornate, long-legged Dolichopodidae. After polling a number of prominent dipterists for a list of dolichopodgenera most in need of revision, he chose Hydrophorus for his doctoral work. Rich completed his Ph.D. in Systematic Entomology in 1965 at the University Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.


Runyon, Justin. 2008. Richard L. Hurley, 1934-2008. Fly Times. 41: 2-3.
Research Topics: 
Insects; Forest & Plant Health