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Brookings native: A giant figure in a microscopic field

Posted: Friday, Nov 1st, 2013

Brookings native and SDSU grad Jim Hoch has become an internationally prominent researcher for his work with bacteria. Courtesy photo

BROOKINGS – Jim Hoch might be among the world’s foremost microbiologists, but when South Dakota’s pheasant opener arrived Oct. 19, he was just another native son out in the field looking for tail feathers.

“I spent my whole youth hunting every chance I got,” said Hoch, who grew up in a house at Third Street and Eighth Avenue in the 1940s and ’50s. He graduated from Brookings High School in 1957 and lived at home while studying microbiology at South Dakota State College.

After advanced study in Illinois and Paris, he started his career at The Scripps Research Institute in 1967.

Hoch has been at the prestigious La Jolla, Calif., organization since, but makes regular trips to Brookings in the fall “to see people and pheasant hunt. It’s really just an excuse to see people. I don’t care if I see any pheasants,” Hoch said before the hunting opener.

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