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TALLAHASSEE, Florida — Andrew Lee Sheldon

Andrew “Andy” Lee Sheldon died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 in Tallahassee, Florida, of complications from surgery.

Born in Northfield, Massachusetts, on April 21, 1938, he was the second child of Elinor and Lee Sheldon. He graduated from Colby College and completed his post-graduate studies in zoology at Cornell University where he met his first wife, Susan Elaine York. They were married in 1963 and divorced in 1985. He worked as the resident biologist at the University of California’s research facility at Sagehen Creek Field Station where he completed his doctoral thesis. He then worked as research associate at Resources for the Future, Inc. in Washington, D.C. for a couple of years where his son Gregory was born. The family moved to Florence in 1969 when he accepted a position in the zoology department at the University of Montana. Following the birth of his second son, Matthew, the family moved to Missoula. Andy was a dedicated instructor and researcher specializing in fresh water insects, stream ecology and fisheries. He particularly enjoyed teaching summer session courses at the Flathead Lake Biological Station at Yellow Bay where he shared his passion for science and nature with numerous students. Andy served as the chairman of UM’s zoology department from 1979-1982 and director of the Wildlife Biology Program from 1990-1993. In 2003 he received the University of Montana Distinguished Teaching Award and Career Achievement Award from the Montana Chapter American Fisheries Society. His sabbatical studies took him to Oakridge, Tennessee; Suriname, Australia, Oxford, Mississippi and Borneo.

In 1990 he married Linda McCron Stover after they met through their mutual interest in cross country skiing, and they enjoyed 29 years together. Andy retired in 2003 and moved to the Florida Gulf coast where he continued his research on stoneflies in the mountains of the eastern seaboard, Nevada, and Montana. Andy was a Professor Emeritus from 2003 until his passing. He was a skilled hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed paddling his solo canoe — most recently while visiting the lakes and ponds of central Maine. Shortly before his untimely passing he and his collaborators published a comprehensive monograph encompassing more than 40 years of his stonefly studies. His efforts to identify, map and understand this important group of organisms led to the discovery of new species, of which six bear his name.

Andy is survived by his wife Linda, sons Matt (Elizabeth) of Missoula and Greg of Emigrant; stepdaughters Merida Stover and Amanda Stover Savage (Jason), grandchildren Owen and Maëlle Savage; sister Sally and brother Chris of Cherry Valley, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife.

In accordance with his wishes, there will be no memorial service.

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