For 17 years, Dr. Todd published The Carnivore Genetics Newsletter with Roy Robinson in charge of the editorial office in London. Dr. Todd’s articles have also appeared in the Journal of Heredity, The Cornell Veterinarian, Journal of The Bombay Natural History Society, Journal of Theoretical Biology, Current Anthropology, Paleobiology, Genetica, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, and Scientific American.
Throughout his life, Neil maintained an interest in numismatics, developing a special interest in 19th century tavern checks of the British Isles and Ireland. Together with his colleague, Andrew Cunningham of Ruddington, Nottingham, U.K., Neil published numerous catalogues of tavern checks, a pursuit he continued until his death.
For the past 20 years, Neil was affiliated with the New England Historical Genealogical Society, where he was head of research services in the 1990s. He thoroughly enjoyed helping people learn about their ancestry. He was actively involved in The Taft Family Association, both as a member and as vice president and genealogist, until illness prevented him from participating. He had also been a member of the Bartlett Family Association for many years.
In the 1980s, he interrupted his already busy life by buying and restoring a 1931 Worcester lunch car with Charles Wallace. They purchased the Midway Diner and moved it from Shrewsbury to Pleasant Street in Watertown, where they spent several years restoring it.
Neil had an adventurous and unusual life until his health began to fail a few years ago due to auto immune disease and cigarette smoking. He remained interested and well versed in history and world affairs until his death, enjoying animated discussions with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joyce (Seat) Todd; two daughters, Lydia of Peabody, and Amy of Cambridge; son-in-law, Robert Sousa; grandchildren, Griffin, Todd, Jolie, and Samuel; step-grandchildren, Samantha and Emily; his close cousins in New Hampshire and North Carolina; and his sister-in-law, Judi (Seat) Neylon.
He enjoyed the company of friends and colleagues around the world.
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