In Memoriam, Dr. Paul Lutz | UNCG Biology

In Memoriam, Dr. Paul Lutz

Faculty, Staff, and former students mourn the loss of Emeritus Professor Paul Eugene Lutz, who died on March 11, 2012. He served as a valued member of the Biology faculty at UNCG from 1961 until his retirement in 1997. Dr. Lutz received his BA at Lenoir-Rhyne College, his MS at the University of Miami (FL), and his Ph.D. at UNC Chapel Hill. Upon his retirement from UNCG, he returned to his alma mater to teach at Lenoir-Rhyne College.

Dr. Lutz will be remembered most as a gifted teacher, receiving the Alumni Teaching Excellence Award in 1965; Outstanding Educator Award in 1966; and Danforth Associate Award 1966-1968. For literally thousands of undergraduates, he made the Invertebrate Zoology and Ecology courses into life-altering experiences. From his mentoring of undergraduate and graduate research, his exemplary advising, his animated lecture style, to the field trips for students to the Duke University Marine Lab, Paul Lutz shared his enthusiasm for Biology, and Invertebrates in particular. He wrote the book, literally, on Invertebrate Zoology, with a published textbook used in his course for many years.

Dr. Lutz' research resulted in the first national level federal support of research in the Biology Department at UNCG from the National Science Foundation. His research focus involved studying biological clocks, using the dragonflies of the family Libellulidae, and other dragonfly groups, as his major research organisms. The emergence of the nymphal stages into the adult dragonfly form is controlled by a biological clock triggered by both daylength and temperature. He made important contributions by studying the nymphal stages both in nature and in the laboratory, thereby accomplishing more balanced, reliable, and quantitative studies than would be done from either type alone. These studies contributed to knowledge on how and when dragonflies emerge into the adult forms to serve in the important role as predatory controls on various insects in and around aquatic ecosystems. In addition to his own research, he served as faculty advisor and mentor to launch many graduate students into a life of research or teaching.

A Resurrection Liturgy will be held Saturday, April 14, 2012, 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1200 W. Cornwallis Rd. Durham, NC. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the church. Memorial gifts may be made in his memory to Lenoir-Rhyne University, c/o Lutz Award in Biology, PO Box 7167, Hickory, NC 28603.

March, 2012