Dr. George Cantine Kent Jr., LSU Professor Emeritus and former distinguished member of the Zoology faculty, died in his sleep on January 4, 2012, in Pittsburgh, PA at the age of 97-1/2. A resident of Baton Rouge for 50 years and Stockton, NJ, Kent was born in Kingston, NY, on July 25, 1914. He earned a B.A. in Biology from Maryville College, TN in 1938 and a Master's and Ph.D. in Biology and Anatomy from Vanderbilt University in 1942. He arrived at LSU in 1942 and remained there until retiring in 1979. While at LSU, Kent was Chair of the Zoology Department for 4 years and President of the Louisiana Academy of Sciences, the Association of Southeastern Biologists, and the Young Men's Business Club-an active Baton Rouge civic organization. Kent was the author of more than 50 papers in histology, embryology, and endocrinology and three college texts; he was widely sought as a guest lecturer and keynote speaker. His authoritative text, Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates, was the first of its kind since 1904. It was translated into many languages and adopted in 39 countries. Currently the text is in its 10th edition. In 1964, LSU named Kent an Alumnus Professor in special recognition of his exceptional teaching record and personal assistance to hundreds of devoted pre-medical and pre-dental students, whom he helped achieve their educational and professional goals. Kent's strong and total dedication to his students continued throughout his career. In 2005, he was among the first three inducted into the LSU College of Science Hall of Distinction. Contributions to the LSU Foundation from former students have established four professorships (the George C. Kent Professor of Life Sciences) in his honor. The son of George C. Kent Sr. and Charlotte Delamater, Kent was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Lila Mae Carringer, in 2002. He is survived by his daughter, Carolyn Kent Rovee-Collier (George Collier) of Stockton, NJ, his brother Donald Kent of Hurley, NY, two grandchildren-George Benjamin (Kersten) Rovee of Pittsburgh and Christopher Kent Rovee of Palo Alto, CA, two great-grandchildren - Zachary Rovee and Julian Rovee, five nieces, two nephews, and their offspring. Private services and interment will be held in Mt. Marion, NY in early June.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com on May 6, 2012