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Department of Zoology

Roger Northfield and colleague checking a moth trap

The Department is sorry to announce that our former colleague Roger Northfield died last Thursday evening.

Roger joined the department just one month after his 16th birthday, in 1956, as a Junior Assistant.  He soon became responsible for all laboratory insect cultures, receiving the accolade “best in his field” by the Department in 1969.  He spent many years providing technical assistance to several research labs in the Department.  In 1994 he became the Chief Teaching Laboratory Technician in which role he remained until his retirement in 2007.  He offered friendly and willing support to staff and students alike often going above and beyond, and often helping out in a crisis.

Roger was an extremely skilled naturalist with a passion for insects but a deep interest in all aspects of the natural world. He was a key member of the Juniper Hall field course team for many years, even taking part long after retirement, with students and colleagues alike perennially inspired and enthralled by his ability to track down hazel leaf-rollers, glow worms, slow worms and shrews.

Roger will be much missed by many and we offer our condolences to his family and friends.

Photo courtesy of John Overton