Sylvester joined the Department of Entomology at UC Berkeley in 1944. As a teacher, researcher, department chair, dean and finally professor emeritus, Dr. Sylvester made significant contributions to both his field of entomology and to UC Berkeley, and received the Berkeley Citation in 1990.
Ned is survived by Marian, his wife of 67 years, daughter Kathryn Jarrett, son Stephen and grandson Eric.
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