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John Alonzo Bollinger, formerly of Bozeman, passed away in Boise, Idaho, on April 8, 2011, at the age of 70.

John worked as a molecular geneticist in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at Montana State University from 1994 until 2010. He possessed the beautiful and rare combination of an approachable, gentle, and supremely laid-back demeanor coupled with a sharp and engaged mind. He developed his abiding interest in the natural world as a boy in San Diego, and earned a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley.

John is survived by his wife Connie, son Bill (Gayla), and grandchildren Ruby and John, all of Boise; his daughters, Amy of Seattle and Claire of Portland; his father Richard, brother Frank, and sister Elizabeth, all of San Diego; sisters, Michele of Tulare, Calif., and Lonna of Canby, Ore.; and many friends, former students and colleagues.

John's greatest delight in Bozeman was bicycling. To honor his memory, think of the unfailingly gentle, unpretentious and engaging John Bollinger on the next perfect Montana day.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on May 4, 2011
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