Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Adrian College
Location: Adrian, Michigan, United States
Robert W. Husband, PhD, Professor Emeritus at Adrian College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in entomology and higher education.
Entomology has been Dr. Husband’s passion for more than 40 years. Responsible for the discovery of 22 generations of mites out of the 32 in existence thus far, he has established himself as a world authority on the mite family podapolipidae. Dr. Husband earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in 1953, subsequently serving as a teacher with the U.S. Air Force and science teacher at Milwood Junior High School. In 1955, he served as a commissioned second lieutenant and major with the U.S. Air Force until his honorable discharge. Returning to academia, he earned a Master of Arts at Western Michigan University in 1960 and held the role of laboratory instructor at Michigan State University until 1964. During his pursuit of a doctorate, he completed a fellowship with the National Institutes of Health and began acting as an assistant professor at Adrian College in 1964. Dr. Husband earned a Doctor of Philosophy in 1966.
A professor emeritus since 1997, Dr. Husband served as a full professor at Adrian College for 33 years. Throughout his tenure, he completed Goldsmith European Study Fellowships in 1967, 1982, and 1986, as well as a research fellowship with the National Science Foundation in 1971 and 1972. Dr. Husband also acted as chair of the science division at Adrian College from 1974 to 1976 and chair of the department of biology from 1970 to 1980. Alongside his professional endeavors at Adrian College, he was also a visiting professor at Michigan State University in 1991 and an endocrinology research assistant at Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company from 1959 to 1960.
Now in retirement, Dr. Husband continues to act as a project director of Civitan International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping underprivileged people in local communities, a position he has held since 1973. Participating in a number of civic engagements, he also was a member of the First Methodist Church in the late 1980s and on the board of directors of Associate Charities in the late 1960s. Dr. Husband has also been a prolific author, penning 139 scientific papers in professional publications and contributing numerous articles to scientific journals throughout his career. Notably, he has been an editorial board member of the International Journal of Acarology since 1980.
A leading voice in his industry, Dr. Husband maintained affiliation with several organizations in relation to his areas of expertise. The section chair of the Michigan Academy of Science in 1970, 1988, and 1997, he was also treasurer of the American Microscopical Society from 1975 to 1979 and president of the Michigan Entomological Society from 1973 to 1974. He remains associated with the Acarological Society of America, Entomological Society of America, and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society.
In recognition of his exceptional achievements and contributions to the scientific community, Dr. Husband has accrued several accolades. Granted the Research Award by Gerber Baby Food Company in 1986, he was named C.A.S.E. Professor of the Year in 1987 and was given the Around the World Grant by the Lilly Foundation in 1990. The International Journal of Acarology presented him with the Lifelong Service Award in 2001, and Adrian College honored him with the Alumni Stewardship Award in 2012. Most recently, he was inducted into the Professor Hall of Fame at Adrian College in 2013.
Married to Patricia Sue Psalmonds with three children and four grandchildren, Dr. Husband enjoys singing in his church choir in his spare time. He has been selected for inclusion in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and Who’s Who in the Midwest.
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