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Published: 2020-12-28

Obituary: William John Haugen Light (1938–2020)

Aquatic Research & Consulting, 24 Hitty Tom Road, Duxbury, Massachusetts 02332 USA
Maritime Studies Program, Williams College, Mystic Seaport, P. O. Box 6000, Mystic, Connecticut 06355 U.S.A.
Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alaska Anchorage, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, Alaska 995080-4614 USA


William John Haugen (Bill) Light (Fig. 1) was born on 05 January 1938 in Waco, McLennan County, Texas USA, and died on 18 January 2020 in Marietta, Georgia, at the age of 82. He was buried in the Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, GA. As an infant, he was adopted by Col. Orin Haugen and his wife Marion Sargent. Colonel Haugen died in February 1945 at the battle for Manilla in the Philippines in World War II. Later, upon Marion’s remarriage, Bill’s surname was changed to Light. Bill’s mother Marion passed away in 1969.


  1. Light, W.J. (1969a) Polydora narica, new species, and Pseudopolydora kempi californica, new subspecies, two new spionids (Annelida: Polychaeta) from central California. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 36, 531–550. []

    Light, W.J. (1969b) Extension of range for Manayunkia aestuarina (Polychaeta: Sabellidae) to British Columbia. Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada, 26, 3088–3091.

    Light, W.J. (1970a) Polydora alloporis, new species, a commensal spionid (Annelida: Polychaeta) from a hydrocoral off central California. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, (4), 37, 459–472. []

    Light, W.J. (1970b) A new spionid (Annelida: Polychaeta) from the Gulf of California. Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences, 69, 74–79. []

    Light, W.J. (1974a) [Review of] A Handbook to the Common Intertidal Invertebrates of the Gulf of California, by Richard C. Brusca. Pacific Discovery, 27 (2), 31.

    Light, W.J. (1974b) A revision of the genus Asychis (Polychaeta, Maldanidae) in the Pacific Basin. M.A. Thesis, San Francisco State University, iii+ 133 pp., 43 figs.,5 maps.

    Light, W.J. (1974c) Occurrence of the Atlantic maldanid Asychis elongata (Annelida, Polychaeta) in San Francisco Bay, with comments on its synonymy. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 87, 175–184. []

    Light, W.J. (1974d) A new species of Pseudopolydora (Polychaeta, Spionidae) from the Solomon Islands. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 87, 389–394. []

    Light, W.J. (1976) The San Francisco Bay Project identification manual series: a new approach to invertebrate keys. Systematic Zoology, 25, 236–242.

    Light, W.J. (1977) Spionidae (Annelida: Polychaeta) from San Francisco Bay California: a revised list with nomenclatural changes, new records, and comments on related species from the northeastern Pacific Ocean. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 90, 66–88. []

    Light, W.J. (1978a) Reexamination of the species referred to the genus Flabelliderma Hartman (Polychaeta: Flabelligeridae and Acrocirridae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 91, 681–690. []

    Light, W.J. (1980) Revision of the subfamily Maldaninae Arwidsson (Polychaeta), with a review of the species referred to the genus Asychis Kinberg. Ph.D. Dissertation, the University of Arizona, x + 202 pp., 47 figs., 1 table. []

    Light, W.J.H. (1991a) Systematic revision of the genera of the polychaete subfamily Maldaninae Arwidsson. Ophelia Supplement, 133–146.