Hamlet, John N. (Deceased)
John was from North Dakota and was born in 1911. Most of his professional career was spent with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with the Predator and Rodent Control Branch. He was trained as a parasitologist, and for a number of years his office was in the Entomology Building of the University of Maryland. Eventually he left the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and ran a monkey farm in South Carolina for the Infantile Paralysis Foundation. From this farm, known as “Okatie Farms,” rhesus monkeys that came from India were quarantined prior to shipment to research facilities throughout the United States. It was at the University of Pittsburg’s Virus Reseach Laboratory where Dr. Salk developed a vaccine, tested on monkeys, that was the cure for the dreaded poliomyelitis, also known as infantile paralysis. Later he moved to Florida on another project. John was elected to the Washington Biologists’ Field Club in 1943, but terminated membership in 1967.