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image of ostracod, Kornickeria louisi

Kornickeria louisi Cohen and Morin 1993

Louis S. Kornicker
Smithsonian Curator

Passed away peacefully on February 12, 2018 at the age of 98. Lou held a PhD from Columbia University and served as a Curator for Invertebrate Zoology (Crustacea) at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History for 50 years, specializing in the class Ostracoda. Acknowledged as a world authority in his field, he authored numerous research publications and was honored by having one genus and 14 species named for him. Lou was also celebrated late in life when a glacier in Antarctica was named the "Kornicker Glacier" in recognition of his contribution to Antarctic research. He traveled all over the world on scientific expeditions and also attended numerous symposiums, occasionally accompanied by his beloved wife, Beatrice, who pre-deceased him. Lou is survived by his sons, Lance, Steve and Bill; daughters-in-law, Ellen and Phyllis; grandchildren, Michelle and Steven and great-grandchildren, Devin, Hailey and Chase. Lou cherished his role as family patriarch and he will be greatly missed. A viewing and memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 18 at 10 a.m. at Money & King Funeral Home, 171 Maple Ave W, Vienna, VA, followed by his interment at King David Memorial Gardens in Falls Church,VA at noon.

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