Norman Curtiss Negus, born September 20, 1926, passed through the journey of life on September 3, 2022. He was predeceased in his death by his parents, Howard and Cleo, and his brother, Robert, and sister, Jane.
He was a remarkable man who had a wonderful life. He served his country in World War II in the Army Air Corp. After the war he completed his undergraduate and Master’s Degree in Zoology from Miami University in 1950, and a Ph.D in Biology from The Ohio State University in 1956. He taught biology at Tulane University from 1950 to 1970. In that year he accepted a position as Professor of Biology at the University of Utah where he worked until his retirement in 1995.
Norm's lifelong love of animals and the outdoors led him into a very successful professional career of teaching and research at both Tulane University and the University of Utah. He took immense pleasure and pride in guiding students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His research with animals and the environment allowed him to be in the outdoors that was his passion. When he was not trapping animals or collecting plants he could be found with his dogs fly fishing, hiking and hunting in the Rocky Mountains that he loved.
Family was equally important. With his first wife, Margaret Jane, he produced four wonderful children, Peter, Charlotte, David and Rebecca. Norm and Jane went separate ways in 1971 and he married his true love Patricia Jane (Pat) in 1973. Pat is also a biologist and together they pursued joint careers of teaching and research. They shared 50 years of an amazing relationship of love, companionship and caring for each other.
Norm leaves behind his loving wife, four children, 5 grandsons and 3 great grandsons and 2 great granddaughters and numerous nieces and nephews. He will be missed by all who loved him and knew him.