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Milton Fingerman

May 21, 1928 ~ August 31, 2022 (age 94)
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Milton Fingerman, age 94, of New Orleans, LA, professor emeritus of biology at Tulane University, passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2022. Milton was born in Boston, Massachusetts on May 21, 1928, to the late Rose and Irving Fingerman.
He was an undergraduate at Boston College and went on to Northwestern University for his PhD. Milt joined the faculty at Tulane University in 1954 and retired from its Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2000, after having served as chair of the department for 13 years. He spent many summers conducting research at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass. He also served as the Managing Editor of the American Zoologist for 15 years and was an editorial board member or associate editor of numerous other journals. Milt’s career was enormously productive. He published more than 325 papers or book chapters, 2 books, and over 120 abstracts. His contributions to the field of crustacean endocrinology were broad and covered nearly all areas of crustacean biology and physiology, color changes, reproduction molting eye pigment movements, regeneration, toxicology and pharmacology. Milt made lasting friendships with many of his international doctoral students. He was an avid Tulane and Boston Red Sox fan and enjoyed his time serving as faculty representative to the Tulane Athletic Department. Milt is predeceased by his first wife, Joyce Sue Whitsell Fingerman, son David Clay Fingerman and his parents. He is survived by his loving wife Maria Esperanza Espinosa Fingerman, his son Stephen (Daphne) Fingerman and grandchildren Katherine (Matthew) Blagburn and Jonathan Fingerman. He is also survived by his sister Bernice (Edward) Soltysik. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2022, at 1:00 pm at Hebrew Rest Cemetery #3, 2100 Pelopidas Street, New Orleans with Rabbi Daniel Sherman of Temple Sinai officiating. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service. Expressions of love and sympathy may be placed and viewed online at

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Graveside Service
September 18, 2022

1:00 PM
Hebrew Rest Cemetery No. 3
2100 Pelopidas St
New Orleans, LA 70122

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