physiologist and was interested in developmen-
tal physiology and the philosophy of biology.
He was Department chairman from 1967 to 1971
and became Professor in 1981.
Associate Professor
robert l. sullivan
(B.A., Delaware; M.S.,
Ph.D., North Carolina
State), at Wake For-
est since 1962, was a
cian, with a particu-
lar interest in insects
and the genetic ef-
fects of radiation.
He was promoted to Professor in 1979.
Assistant Professor gerald W. esch (B.S.,
Colorado College; M.S., Ph.D., Oklahoma) came
to Wake Forest in 1965. His research was fo-
cused initially on the biochemistry/physiology
of parasitic helminths (worms), but, after a year
(1971–1972) in London at the Imperial College of
Science and Technology on a World Health Or-
ganization fellowship, he changed emphasis to
the ecology of host-parasite interactions, pri-
marily those in aquatic ecosystems. He spent a
second year (1974–1975) away from Wake For-
est at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory in
Aiken, South Carolina. Upon his return he was
appointed to the Department chairmanship,
and he served in the chair from 1975 to 1983. He
was the author of The Ecology of Aeromonas
hydrophila in Albemarle Sound and the co-
editor of Thermal Ecology II. He was promoted
to Associate Professor in 1969 and to Professor
in 1976.
raymonde.Kuhn(B.S., Carson Newman; Ph.D.,
Tennessee) came to the Department in 1968
as Assistant Professor. He did research on the
immunology of parasitic diseases, especially
Chagas’ disease. He traveled to South America
and saw patients in
advanced stages of
the disease. He set up
a study center at Wake
Forest and was re-
sourceful in securing
substantial grants
from such sources as
the National Institutes
of Health. He became
Associate Professor in
1974 and Professor in 1979. (See the article,
“Stalking the Deadly Trypanosoma cruzi,” by
Emily Herring Wilson, in The Wake Forest Mag-
azine, XXIX (April 1982), 18–19.)
In 1974 Kuhn planned and organized the first
Fancy Gap Immunoparasitology Workshop, held
at a mountain retreat owned by the University.
This workshop became an annual gathering,
taking place usually in the second week in Octo-
ber and attracting scholars from the United
States and from abroad.
peter d. Weigl (A.B., Williams; Ph.D., Duke)
also came to the Department in 1968 as Assis-
tant Professor. He studied rare or endangered
species of animals and was committed to pro-
tecting critical parts of the landscape of the
southeastern United States. Much of his attention
was focused on special adaptations of wild ani-
mals living in severe environments, and his
research and teaching took him to—among other
places—the Everglades of Florida, the Amazon, the
Gala pagos,4 East Africa, and Borneo. In 1971–
1972 he received the University’s award for
excellence in teaching. He was promoted
to Associate Professor in 1974 and to Professor
in 1980. (See page 117.)
ronaldV.dimockJr.(B.A., New Hampshire; M.S.,
Florida State; Ph.D., California) was appointed
Assistant Professor in 1970. His primary research
was in behavioral aspects of the ecology of
An article by Dimock, in collaboration with Sullivan and Weigl, in The Wake Forest Magazine,
XXII (Spring 1975), 2–5, recounts the story of their “Galapagos Expedition.”
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