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Retired Professor Charles Springer ’61 Continues Research on Water Beetles

Charles Springer

Proud father Charles Springer ’61 with his son, Charles

In his nearly 30 years as a biology professor, Charles Springer ’61 studied the evolution and systematics of beetles and taught at Penn State, Carnegie Mellon, and Hastings College in Nebraska. When he and his wife, Mary Allison Bowles, a neurology physician, became parents, Charles retired to be at home with their son full-time. Now 18 years since his retirement, Charles reports that his son (also named Charles) is a sophomore at Dartmouth studying languages and spent part of the summer in Russia and Germany. Meantime, the proud father is continuing his research on the water beetles of southeastern Virginia. The elder Charles Springer earned MS and PhD degrees in entomology from Penn State.