In these uncertain times, some individuals stand out. Amongst them, Stuart Gage: Teacher, lover of knowledge, inveterate student, and devoted friend to those he encountered. Stuart died peacefully on Wednesday, 19 June, after a long illness. Born September 19, 1941, he earned his PhD in Entomology at Michigan State University in 1974. During his academic career, Stuart lived in Lansing, Michigan with his wife, Patricia – a gifted artist. There he taught entomology and explored new models of ecoacoustics. At the CEVL (Computational Ecology & Visualization Lab at MSU), which Dr. Gage helped initiate, he explored innovative techniques for the evaluation of habitat health through ecoacoustic indicators. He remained at the university until his semi-retirement in the mid Aughts after which he and Patricia spent the past several years in Lansing and at their tranquil and remote cottage on Twin Lakes near Cheboygan, Michigan.
Always present, Stuart inspired countless learners within natural history communities, worldwide, and joyfully fostered a diverse extended family of colleagues, students, and friends. Those touched by his generous nature and kind heart have been honored to know him. Aside from his wife, Patricia, survivors include his children, Jennifer Gage (married to Michael Herrick), Albuquerque, NM, his grandson, Felix, and many devoted friends and caregivers who came to cherish Stuart’s presence and became part of his revered circle.