Retired professor died in crash

An 81-year-old retired university professor died in a one-vehicle crash near the Cañal Blancal bridge in Herradura Monday afternoon.

He was identified as William A. Bussing, who was a U.S. citizen despite years of living here. A Costa Rican who knew him said that the Universidad de Costa Rica retiree considered Costa Rica his second country. He had been here for many years.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said that Bussing was a passenger in a vehicle that skidded and struck a retaining barrier and utility pole. The driver was unhurt, the agency said.

Bussing was a leading ichthyologist and had written extensively about fish. He was a member of the Academia Nacional de Ciencias.

Bussing was a 1965 graduate of the University of Southern California with a master’s degree in taxonomy and ichthyology. He began teaching here in 1962 and retired in 1991.

He published a number of books and academic articles in English and Spanish on the topic and reported on the discovery of new species.

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