Dr. Sping Lin

Sping LinHonoring and remembering Dr. Sping Lin, a generous donor to the Department of

Dr. Sping Lin, a generous donor to the Department of Entomology, passed away on May 21, 2019 at the age of 100 years. A native of China, Sping traveled to UMN after receiving an undergraduate degree in entomology. Here, he received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the Department of Entomology, in 1950 and 1952, respectively. Subsequently, he joined the faculty in the Department of Neurology where he conducted research on brain chemistry until his retirement in 1986. Dr. Sping Lin and his wife Ying-Ngoh Deng were avid supporters of our department over many years. In 2000, their donation established the Sping and Ying-ngoh Lin Fellowship for graduate students. In 2011, following the passing of his wife, Sping made another significant gift to the department in her honor and that of his advisors, Dr. Alex Hodson and Dr. Glen Richards. This gift established the “Richards-Hodson Lectureship in Insect Physiology and Ecology. In 2018, soon after he met Sujaya Rao and heard about her vision for the future of the department, Dr. Lin provided another gift for establishment of the “Sping and Ying N. Lin Fund for Teaching and Outreach in Entomology”. This gift was instrumental in supporting many of the new efforts listed above including the hire of a new Teaching Assistant Professor, interesting new courses designed to attract undergraduates to Insect Science, and new outreach events for enhanced awareness about the importance and significance of the discipline of entomology! We celebrated Dr. Sping Lin’s 100th birthday last fall. His sense of humor and joy in “making it to 100 years” was a joy to behold!


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