Reyer Herman Van Zwaluwenburg, "Grandpa Van" to my sisters and me.
Here's what I know about K&L's Great-Grandpa Van:
- Born 2/5/1891, Kansas City
- Died 10/22/1970, Honolulu
- Attended Massachusetts Agricultural College, 1909-1913
- Worked in Puerto Rico, the US and Mexico before moving to Hawaii in 1924
- Married Mary Alice Pattyson June 1916 (they met in P.R.)
- lived in Hawaii from 1924 on (except for 4 years 1958-62 when he retired to Santa Rosa, CA)
- Worked for Hawaiian Sugar Planters' Association Experiment Station from 1924 until he retired in 1956 (as Principal Entomologist)
- Expert on sugar cane pests and on Hawaiian entomology in general and Elateridae (beetles) in particular
- Studied and collected insect specimens in Japan (1929), West Africa (1935 - Mediterranean fruit fly parasites for shipment to Honolulu), Canton Island (1940,41), Mexico (1947)
- Has an insect (beetle?) named after him (I need to dig up the paperwork on it to identify it exactly)
- Always wore an eye patch and had a Clark Gable mustache when I knew him, making him look a little like a swashbuckling... scientist....
- Mixed an awesome Shirley Temple (extra cherries!)