A tribute to Owen Sexton

David Kilper

Friends and colleagues of Owen Sexton, PhD (right), professor emeritus of biology in Arts & Sciences and former director of The Tyson Research Center, joined him June 17 at the facility to thank him for his mentorship and for advocating the purchase of the research center, WUSTL’s 2,000-acre field station in the Ozark foothills 20 miles outside of St. Louis. “I started running around in the woods when I was 5,” Sexton said, “and I’ve never stopped. I’ve never seen any reason to stop.” Sexton’s former student, Alan Covich, PhD (left), professor of ecology at the University of Georgia, gave a talk about Covich’s work with stream ecosystems in the Luquillo Experimental Forest in Puerto Rico. “When Owen taught ecology, we got into the field,” he said, “and that’s what made a difference for me.” After the talk, Sexton’s first graduate student, Loline M. Hathaway, PhD, former curator of Navajo Nation Zoological and Botanical Park, played an oboe composition named for Sexton’s favorite animal: the snake. “Things are bursting out just wonderfully at Tyson,” Sexton said.

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