Linduska, Joseph P. (Deceased)
Joe was born in Butte, Montana, on July 25, 1913. He received a BA degree in 1936 and an MA degree in 1939 in zoology and entomology, respectively, from the University of Montana, and a doctorate degree in 1950 in vertebrate zoology from Michigan State University. Joe’s career began as a fisheries biologist in Yellowstone National Park. He then served as a biologist with the Michigan Department of Conservation, working on the ecology and land-use relationships of small mammals on southern Michigan farmlands. In 1943, he joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a research entomologist, working on war-related projects at the Orlando laboratory. In 1947, he transferred to the Fish and Wildlife Service at the Patuxent Research Refuge. There, he directed pioneering research on the effects of DDT and other pesticides on wildlife. In 1951, he was appointed assistant chief of the Service’s Game Management Branch. From 1956 to 1966, Joe worked for Remington Arms Company as director of wildlife and public relations. He developed the wildlife research and agricultural demonstration program at the 4,000-acre Remington Farms, south of Chestertown, Maryland. Joe returned to government in 1966 as associate director of the Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife in charge of staff functions, endangered species legislation, conservation education, and international affairs. In 1973, he was designated senior scientist. From 1974 until his retirement in 1978, he was vice-president for science for the National Audubon Society. Reflecting the breadth of Joe Linduska’s professional talents was his service as executive director of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and chair of the Association’s conservation council. He was the president of The Wildlife Society from 1967 to 1968, and served on the Society’s board of directors for three years. In 1963, Joe received The Wildlife Society’s Conservation Education Award and Outdoor Writers Association of America’s Jade of Chiefs Award. He received the Interior Department’s Conservation Service Award in 1964, and the wildlife profession’s highest honor, the Aldo Leopold Award, in 1984. Joe wrote numerous popular and technical articles, and was editor of Waterfowl Tomorrow (1964). He contributed columns on conservation matters for Sports Afield and Kent County (Maryland) News. Joe was a genuinely brilliant and humorous person. Those who enjoyed his friendship treasured that association . Joe was elected to membership in the Washington Biologists’ Field Club in 1955. He died on September 1, 1993, in Chestertown, Maryland.