Obituary notice of Dr. Josef K. Voglmayr, Ph.D.

Apr 17, 2019

December 2, 1929 – February 26, 2019

Josef Karl Voglmayr passed away suddenly on February 26, 2019, at the age of 89 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Known as Sepp, Pepe, and Joe by his friends and family, he was born in St. Georgen im Attergau, in Austria.

Upon graduating from the BOKU (University of Vienna) in Agriculture in 1955, he emigrated to Australia, where he received his Masters in Science from the University of New South Wales in 1965, and received his Doctorate from the University of Sydney in 1970. He moved to Pennsylvania State and continued his career as a senior scientist at the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology. In 1983 he accepted a position at the Florida Institute of Technology as a senior research fellow and academic professor. In 1990 he continued his research at the University of Goettingen, Germany, and 1994 he worked again at CSIRO in Australia.

Dr. Voglmayr made major contributions to the present understanding of functions of the male reproductive tract. In the 1960s, he developed a technique for continuous sampling of rete testis fluid from live animals and pioneered its use for the study of metabolism and maturation of ram and bull spermatozoa. This ingenuous procedure allowed access to testicular spermatozoa in their physiological milieu and provided much novel information, as well as the opportunity to make direct comparison of the level of hormones and metabolites in different compartments of the male reproductive system. During his research career, Dr. Voglmayr made major advances in the study of sperm surface transformation during epididymal transit, effects of local heating, sperm metabolism, inhibin and FSH. His work resulted in over 100 publications and is widely cited. In addition to numerous research grants, he received the Alexander von Humboldt award and the Sir Frederick McMaster Fellowship.

Josef is survived by his wife Diane of 54 years, his two sons Karl and Trevor, and their families.

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