‘Tick lady’ retiring after 20 years of service

Dr. Mary Spratt, a William Woods University science professor who is nationally known for her research on Missouri ticks, works in her laboratory at the university.

Dr. Mary Spratt, a William Woods University science professor who is nationally known for her research on Missouri ticks, works in her laboratory at the university.

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Mary Spratt

FULTON, Mo. - Mary Spratt, a William Woods University science professor who is nationally known for her tick research, is retiring after 20 years.

Known by some as the “tick lady,” Spratt is a Cox Distinguished Professor of Science and a recognized authority on Missouri ticks.

Spratt, 76, is also known for her work in re-establishing the biological sciences program at William Woods.

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