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Mr. J. J. Lister, F.R.S


W TITH the death of J. J. Lister on Feb. 5 in his A I home at Grantchester, there passes away one of the band of younger zoologists who, under the leadership of Francis Maitland Balfour, helped to build up the reputation of the Cambridge school of zoology. Although he was most widely known for his important researches on the morphology and reproduction of the Foraminifera, he was a man of liberal interests in many branches of zoology and a keen and accomplished naturalist. Those of us who were his friends and colleagues in the 'eighties vividly remember not only his charm of manner but also the bright and stimulating conversation with which he enlivened our social meetings. There seemed to be few subjects within the wide range of natural history about which he had not something interesting to say. At the same time he was to the undergraduates of his generation a hero in the athletic world. As stroke of the first boat of the Lady Margaret Boat Club from 1878 until 1882, he led his men to many victories both on the Cam and at Henley, and later he was often seen on the river as stroke of the “Ancient Mariners.”

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