Crocker, Denton W.

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Biographical History

Denton Winslow Crocker was born May 1, 1919 in Salem Massachusetts. He studied invertebrates, primarily crayfish. Crocker earned an undergraduate degree from Northeastern University (1942), and his masters and Ph.D. from Cornell University. During World War II he joined the U.S. Army's 31st Malaria Survey Unit, Medical Department. He taught most of his career, beginning at Amherst and Colby College, before becoming a professor of biology at Skidmore College in 1960. He eventually becoming head of the department, and retired from Skidmore in 1983. He was married to Jean-Marie Jensen, and passed way February 19, 2012 from complications due to cancer.


  • Skidmore College. (2012). "Denton W. Crocker." News. Retrieved on September 8, 2016 from
  • Library of Congress. "Denton W. Crocker." Experiencing the War: Stories from the Veteran's History Project. Retrieved on September 9, 2016 from

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