Distinguished Alumnus 1995
Dr. Robert E. Kuntz


Dr. Robert E. Kuntz, San Antonio, Texas, was born in 1916 in Lawton, received an associate degree in biology from Cameron in 1936, B.A. in biology and a M.S. in zoology from OU, and a Ph.D. in parasitology from the University of Michigan. He joined the navy in 1943 retiring as a captain in 1964. As a parasitologist and medical entomologist with the Naval Medical Research Institute and later as chairman of the department of parasitology at the Southwest Foundation for Research and Education, he worked with many different ethnic groups in the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia. He retired from SFRE in 1981. Significant career achievements include the introduction of a new concept in epidemiology of schistosomiasis due to schistosoma mansoni and s. haematobium infection, and a demonstration of a causal relationship between s. haematobium infection and bladder cancer. His bibliography consists of over 245 publications and over 1900 abstracts. His photographic credits appear in numerous textbooks and publications including National Geographic Magazine. He has shared his large collection of biologic and research materials with numerous schools, museums and other institutions including the University of Oklahoma, Smithsonian Institution, the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. (Dr. Kuntz died in July 2002)