Art May, a marine biologist who served as Memorial University's president during the 1990s, has passed away in St. John's after battling cancer.

Art May in 1996

Art May was president of Memorial University from 1990 to 1999. (Memorial University)

He was 76.

May served as Memorial's president from 1990 to 1999 when he retired.

Born in St. John's, May was a marine biologist whose scientific acumen led to a career in fisheries management, specializing in stocks in the North Atlantic.

He rose through the ranks of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, serving as deputy minister in Ottawa. He also was the first person to chair the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO).

He served as president of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council before his appointment to lead MUN.