Yellowstone Park authorities are confirming that retired Mount Mercy Associate Professor of Biology Frank Jaszcz has died following a fishing accident in Yellowstone National Park. Mount Mercy faculty, staff and students extend their deepest condolences to Jaszcz’s family.
Jaszcz was a beloved professor on campus, having taught in the biology department since 1978. He recently retired following the 2009-2010 academic year. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish.
Prior to coming to Mount Mercy, Jaszcz previously served as a teaching associate and instructor in the Zoology Department at Ohio State University and as a teaching and research fellow at the University of Detroit. Jaszcz earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Biology from the University of Detroit, and a Ph.D. in Zoology from Ohio State University.
Jaszcz had conducted research in areas of parasitology, as well as on species such as zebra mussels and the parasites of Iowa Channel Catfish. He was a member of the Iowa Academy of Science, Zoology Section, the American Society of Parasitologists, and the Helminthological Society of Washington. Jaszcz belonged to Who’s Who Among American College Professors.
Jaszcz volunteered with the American Cancer Society and has worked with members of the Cedar Rapids Symphony Guild to help promote the symphony orchestra. He and his wife enjoyed fishing and traveling to the Florida Keys, the Bahama Islands, the Canadian wilderness, the Big Horn and Beartooth Mountain ranges, and Christmas Island.