Our respected colleague, and close friend of many heteropterists, died on May 21, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. Some may not be aware that John was trained as an electrical engineer and worked in that profession for three decades. He earned his PhD in entomology in mid-life while holding down a full-time job as an engineer. He then moved full-force into his second career as a heteropterist, a passion he maintained since a high-school student in Ames, Iowa. John collected around the world and published extensively on the Gerromorpha and Nepomorpha. The loss of his irrepressible personality, boundless energy, and passion for life—every day—will be felt by heteropterists around the world. Our condolences to the entire Polhemus family.
Photo taken by T. Schuh at the Second quadrennial meeting of the International Heteropterists' Society, St. Petersburg 2002