Mollusks

Notables: Juan Jose Parodiz

Parodiz was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He received his degree from the Instituto Nacional Ciencias Naturales. Parodiz studied paleontology and malacology while in Argentina. While serving in the Argentinian Navy, he participated in several oceanographic expeditions to the South Atlantic and sub-Antarctic region.

Parodiz worked at the Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales for almost 20 years before moving to the United States. In 1951 Parodiz accepted a position at Carnegie Museum and shortly thereafter was appointed Curator of Invertebrate Biology, a position he held for some 30 years. He accepted the title of Curator Emeritus in 1982 and continued to work on the South American naiads and Neogene fossils of the southeastern United States.

Parodiz published more than 100 papers. He collected throughout South America in addition to the eastern United States. Parodiz's activities greatly enlarged the museum's collections in the Unionoida and freshwater and terrestrial gastropods of North and South America, both fossil and recent. He became a member of the American Malacological Society in 1949 and served as president in 1965.

J.J. Parodiz passed away on September 24, 2007, in Allentown, PA at the age of 95.