Dr. John Michael "Mike" Fitzsimons

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Dr. John Michael (Mike) Fitzsimons died at home Sunday, May 20, 2012. Mike was a resident of Baton Rouge, La. and a native of Oklahoma City, Ok. He was Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biology at Louisiana State University, Curator Emeritus in the LSU Museum of Natural Science, Pereboom Alumni Professor in Ethology & Animal Behavior and a Fellow of the Bishop Museum of Honolulu and the United States Antarctic Research Program. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Fitzsimons; daughters, Karen Pino of Prairieville, La. and Laura Harvey of Dallas, Tx.; sons-in-law, Lannie Pino of Prairieville and Arthur Harvey of Dallas; grandchildren, Maxwell Harvey and Mika Harvey of Dallas; stepgrandchildren, Nicole Pino and Trevor Stubbs; brother, Robert Fitzsimons of Houston, Tx; and best buddy, Moke, his Labrador retriever. After earning his B.S. at Louisiana Tech University, Mike received his M.S. at the University of Hawaii and his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. His lifetime research included the systematics of subtropical and tropical marine and freshwater fishes. Mike's expertise in stream ecology, stream restoration, systematic ichthyology and behavioral ecology of aquatic animals influenced the application of conservation recommendations, stream restoration and stream-use decisions in Hawai'i. He was a devoted mentor and advisor to graduate students. The family thanks special friend and caregiver Rebecca Williams, Dr. Michael Castine and staff of the Hematology-Oncology Division at the Baton Rouge Clinic and St. Joseph Hospice. A memorial service and celebration of Mike's life will be held at Broadmoor United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge on Saturday, June 16 at 2:00 p.m. Visitation at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Broadmoor United Methodist Church and the St. Joseph Hospice Foundation.
Published in TheAdvocate.com from May 23 to May 24, 2012
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