After 62 years of teaching in various places including 26 years in the Entomology Department, Don Messersmith has finally pulled back from formal instruction. With his final course at JHU's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute wrapping up early due to the pandemic. Barbara Johnson, President Maryland Ornithological Society, authors a beautiful article that celebrates his many decades as an educator.
At age 91, Don has taught without interruption for over six decades - teaching courses and leading trips for the Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) for over 50 years. He also offered a variety of courses on birds and insects, and on culture influenced by wildlife at the JHU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, only the 'pandemic' keeping him from his teaching after all these many years.
Don's many academic and conservation awards and national honors include the following notable examples: the "Exceptional Teaching of Entomology Award" (Entomological Society of America, 1976), the Paul Bartsch Award (ANS, 2002), and the "Chandler Robbins Education and Conservation Award", presented by the American Birding Association at the 2011 MOS Conference.
Check out the full article in the Maryland Yellowthroat newsletter.