Tunison, Abram V. (Deceased)
Abe was born in Geneva, New York, on April 16, 1909, to John Smalley and Kate Tunison. He married Frances Clementine Bishop on August 9, 1930. They had three children: June, John, and Kay. He attained his degrees from Cornell University, earning a BS degree in general agriculture in 1930, an MS degree in animal nutrition in 1932, and was a student in the graduate school from 1938 to 1940. Abe worked in a variety of positions, beginning as a technician for General Seafoods Corporation from 1930 to 1931. He then moved on to aquatic biology, working for the New York State Conservation Department from 1932 to 1944 and with the Fish and Wildlife Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior from 1944 to 1971. During his later years with the Fish and Wildlife Service he held administrative positions. From 1964 to 1970, he was deputy director of the Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife, and from 1970 to 1971, was the staff assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Interior. He was honored for his work in the government as a recipient of the Distinguished Service award of the Department of the Interior in 1967. The American Fisheries Society made him an honorary life member. Abram also belonged to The Wildlife Society, the International Association of Game and Fish Commissioners, the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, the New York Academy of the Sciences, the American Chemistry Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Abe died January 3, 1971, and was buried in Grove Cemetery in Trumansburg, New York. Abe was elected to membership in the Washington Biologists' Field Club in 1967.