John plumb, alumni professor of fisheries and allied aquacultures, spent 29 years of service at auburn university pioneering the field of fish disease research and treatment. a native of virginia, plumb received his bachelor’s degree from bridgewater college in virginia in general biological sciences, his master’s degree from the southern illinois university in zoology and the ph.d. from auburn university in zoology-fisheries. he joined the auburn faculty in 1969 and began his research program on fish diseases, which has helped improve the health and production of commercial catfish and other fish species. plumb’s work with fish diseases has led to the development of management strategies that are used by commercial fish producers to alleviate or eradicate many diseases. his research focused on ways to vaccinate and develop immunities in fish to infectious diseases and examined the environmental influence and epizootiology of fish diseases. in addition to his research, plumb supervised the fish disease diagnostic laboratory of the southeastern fish disease project at au. he also is an accomplished educator who has taught basic and advanced classes in microbial fish diseases and has led many workshops, short courses and seminars in fish disease to fishery biologists, veterinarians, students and other professionals. he also directed the graduate studies of more than 40 master’s and 14 ph.d. students. through the years plumb brought in almost $1 million in competitive and noncompetitive grants to auburn and he has assisted the international center for aquaculture in many capacities, traveling overseas to 22 countries where he was an invited speaker, helped with fish health inspections and evaluated fish health conditions.