Jeanette A. Thomas
Jeanette A. Thomas (age 66), professor emeritus at Western Illinois University--Quad Cities, a past managing editor of Aquatic Mammals, and Past-President of the Society for Marine Mammalogy, passed away unexpectedly at her home on 16 July 2018. One of the world's experts on marine mammal communication, sensory behavior, using bioacoustics as a population assessment tool, and behavior enhancement of captive animals, Jeanette was a member of the faculty of WIU for 25 years. She also served there as the founder and director of the Laboratory of Sensory Biology and as Chair of the Faculty Council (1999-2002), and she initiated and coordinated their program offering graduate certificates in Zoo and Aquarium Studies. Not only was Jeanette passionate about her work as an award-winning educator and researcher, she also relished her role as a mentor and friend to her students.