Alaska fisheries pioneer dies

John Doyle established Marine Advisory Program, urged creation of the Fishery Industrial Technology Center

18 April 2006

NR: SG-2006/NR233

Anchorage, Alaska—John Doyle, an Alaska fisheries pioneer who established the Marine Advisory Program and worked to improve the seafood industry across the state, passed away at home in Anchorage, April 8, 2006, at the age of 72.

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A service will be announced.

Mr. Doyle was born July 18, 1933, to Thomas Doyle and Winnifred Rahn in Milwaukee. He was raised in western Wisconsin, graduating from Ellsworth, Wis., High School in 1951. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1956 and was honorably discharged as a sergeant.

After obtaining a degree in fisheries at the University of Washington, Mr. Doyle worked as a fisheries biologist for the Department of Natural Resources at the University of Saskatchewan. He later accepted a position at the University of Alaska to develop a fisheries extension program in Alaska.

Mr. Doyle was particularly effective in bringing information on fisheries biology and seafood technology to villages in western and northern Alaska.

When the Alaska Sea Grant College Program was established in 1980, he obtained funding for marine extension positions and the program became known as the Marine Advisory Program.

He was instrumental in planning and obtaining funding to build the Fishery Industrial Technology Center in Kodiak.

While at the University of Alaska, he advanced to tenured professor. He served as leader of the Fisheries Extension Program and the Marine Advisory Program, chairman of the Marine Resources Division of the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service, associate director of the Fishery Industrial Technology Center, and assistant director of the Alaska Sea Grant College Program.

Mr. Doyle was at the Faculty of Fisheries at University of Hokkaido in Japan for two years and received a Citation of Commendation for Contributions in Marine Science and Education from the university.

His memberships included the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Institute of Food Science and Technology, Pacific Fisheries Technologists, Pacific Fisheries Biologists and the Japan Association of Scientific Fisheries.

After retirement from UA, he was granted professor emeritus status.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn Doyle. He is survived by brother, Jim Doyle; sons and daughters-in-law, Gregory and Monica, Douglas and Tessie, and Sean; stepdaughter, Maureen Holden; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kathryn E. Doyle Scholarship for women in science, University of Alaska Fairbanks, UAF Advancement Services, P.O. Box 757530, Fairbanks 99775.

Arrangements are with Anchorage Funeral Home.