Vernon “Vic” Vickery, Emeritus Curator of the Lyman Museum, passed away on 30 August 2011 in Kentville, Nova Scotia.
Vic was a world-renowned specialist on the taxonomy, morphology and behavior of orthopteroid insects, but his entomological interests were wide-ranging as beekeeping and pest management. It was Vic who, with his colleague and friend D. Keith McE. Kevan, propelled the Lyman Museum to its status as an internationally known centre for insect systematics and biology. The Lyman’s collection of Orthoptera is one of the world’s best, thanks largely to the efforts of Vickery and Kevan.
Vic presided over the Lyman’s move from the Redpath Museum on the McGill downtown campus to its current home on Macdonald Campus in 1961, and he remained at Macdonald as a Curator, Professor and Teacher for many years, even after his formal “retirement” in 1986, and he continued to be a fountain of knowledge and advice (and sometimes strong opinions!) to ensure the continued good health and success of the museum.
Vic was very dedicated to student training and it is fitting that his office in the Lyman Museum, still known as “the Vickery Lab”, is now a home for some of our ever-growing population of graduate and undergraduate students who carry on Vic’s legacy of great entomological research.