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RIP Phil Withers
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Posted on 21-07-2020 12:52
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Location: Paris (France)
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Hi everybody,

I just read on a mailing list that Phil Withers died on July the 5th of a heart attack. A big loss for the Psychodidae, the Lonchaeidae and the Diptera in general.
Pierre Duhem
Iain MacGowan
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Posted on 24-07-2020 20:08
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I am so sorry to hear about Phil. We worked together on a couple of projects - he was always so enthusiastic about his Diptera work. Protearomyia withersi a Palearctic Lonchaeid, which he first noticed as something different in samples from France, is named in his honour
Iain MacGowan
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Posted on 25-07-2020 08:27
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We were all shocked at this news
The following may be of interest to those who worked or were working with Phil
A eulogy compiled from recollections of several people who knew and worked with Phil has been compiled and will appear in Dipterists Forum Bulletin #90 this Autumn. It can be found at http://www.microp...y-context=
An obituary is also under preparation by a team which involves Peter Chandler who is preparing a bibliography, intended for a future issue of Dipterists Digest.
I have made contact with his close collaborator Jocelyn Claude regarding an unfinished publication on "Psilidae of France" and we are beginning to work out ways of completing that. We can deal with enquiries regarding that publication if you had been discussing it with Phil, though I am not au fait with any ongoing work by him on other taxonomic groups.
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Posted on 28-07-2020 12:26

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Very sad news... Condolences to his family, friends, colleagues.
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