Utah Pests News Spring 2007

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In Memory of Alan Hickman Roe, UPPDL Insect Diagnostician

Alan Roe was a highly valued member of the Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab for over 20 years.  Alan unexpectedly passed away on December 14, 2006 at the age of 52. Alan’s expertise and knowledge of arthropod identification and insects and spiders of Utah is greatly missed.  Following the arrival of the hobo spider in Utah, Alan became highly proficient at spider identification and has trained many extension agents and specialists in spider identification.  Alan grew up in Salt Lake City and graduated from East High School.  He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Utah State University.  He studied entomology and became interested in taxonomy of insects.  In addition to working as the state insect diagnostician, he was an important cooperator in the Utah Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey Program, Utah Pesticide Programs, and Western Plant Diagnostic Network.  Alan enjoyed developing and improving databases for pest and pesticide survey information.  We would like to dedicate this first issue of Utah Pests News to Alan and his many years of service to USU Cooperative Extension and the people of Utah.

-Diane Alston