It is with sadness that we are writing to inform you of the passing of the Pacific Southwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (PacVec) co-director, Dr. William (Bill) Walton. Beyond co-leading PacVec for the past four years, Dr. Walton also recently held leadership positions with the American Mosquito Control Association and the Society of Vector Ecology. We will keep you updated in the near future on ways to recognize Dr. Walton’s legacy in vector control and public health. Included below is the message from PacVec:

“Dr. Walton has served in many leadership roles, including terms as president of the Society for Vector Ecology and the American Mosquito Control Association. His research advanced our knowledge of mosquito ecology and control, and he exemplified the mission of PacVec to enhance our region’s capacity to respond to vector-borne diseases through applied research, training, and collaboration.

We thank all of you who have reached out to us and especially Dr. Walton’s family to offer words of support and encouragement. At this time, there are no plans for a public memorial event in the near future. PacVec will work with our partner organizations in the coming months to determine an appropriate way to honor Dr. Walton’s legacy. For anyone wishing to send a card to the family, please address them to the UC Riverside Department of Entomology at the following address, and they will be forwarded to the family (Dr. Rick Redak, Dept of Entomology, Univ of California, Riverside, CA 92521).

In lieu of flowers, the Walton family requests that anyone interested in making a donation can contribute to cancer research at the Jimmy Fund/Dana Farber in Boston or to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN where research is done on his particular type of B-cell lymphoma. They also intend to set up a fund for donations to support graduate student research, but that will take more time.”