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Michael L. McManus Ph.D

December 8, 1937 ~ November 16, 2023 (age 85) 85 Years Old

Michael McManus Ph.D Obituary

Michael Lawrence McManus, Ph.D., 85, beloved and devoted husband of Katherine (D’Antonio) McManus, passed away on November 16, 2023.

Born in Chicago, IL, December 8, 1937, he was son of the late Lawrence P. and Mary (Selle) McManus.

Mike was a research scientist with the USDA Forest Service in Hamden, CT, for his entire career, which began in 1966 after earning his Ph.D. in Forest Entomology from Purdue University. He retired in 2010 after 41 years of service and was an active emeritus scientist up to the time of his death.

From 1972-1980, Mike served as Project Leader of the Forest Service research work unit that focused on behavior and population dynamics of forest insects. In 1980, he was appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture to serve as the Research Coordinator of the USDA Combined Forest Pest Program on the Spongy Moth (formerly called gypsy moth); in 1985 returned as Project Leader of the unit that focused on insect pathology and microbial control of forest insects, a position he held until his retirement in 2010.

Mike was very involved in international research and stressed the importance of a global perspective in dealing with invasive species. He was also passionate about mentoring new scientists and connecting people across disciplines and around the world. Mike was a crucial player in the organization of several conferences in North America and Europe over a 10-year period and in 2010, Mike was presented the George Varley Award for Achievement in Forest Entomology. This award recognizes outstanding Forest Entomologists, both for their scientific accomplishments and their contributions to the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO). He leaves a tremendous legacy with his contributions to forest pest management, and a vast network of collaborators who will miss him very much.

In addition to his wife, Katherine, Mike is survived by his son Brian McManus, step-son Nick DeCapua and his fiancée Shawn Dapp, his cherished grandson, Eli DeCapua, and special grandchildren Allison and Connor Dapp. Predeceased by his son, M. Patrick McManus. Mike leaves many dear friends and colleagues both here and around the world. He will be remembered as a loving, caring, kind and insightful man. ‘You colored my world.'

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial mass on Monday, January 15, 2024, 10:30 am, at Blessed Sacrament Church of St. Paul IV Parish, 321 Circular Ave., Hamden, CT. Burial will be private.

If desired, donations in Mike’s memory can be made to The Nature Conservancy, Connecticut -- https://preserve.nature.org/page/81523/donate/1?chain, or directly to The Nature Conservancy, Connecticut, 55 Church Street, Third Floor, New Haven, CT 06510.

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Services

Memorial Mass
Monday
January 15, 2024

10:30 AM
Blessed Sacrament Church
321 Circular Avenue
Hamden, CT 06514

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