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Bernard Greenberg's study of maggots led to work that would often seem like something out of the pages of a thriller.

Greenberg, a retired professor of entomology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, would assist law enforcement agencies in murder investigations by helping to determine details of the death from the presence or absence of bugs on the body. In the United States, he is sometimes called the father of modern forensic entomology.

"Yes, he really was a pioneer in that field, at least here in the U.S.," said Mark Eric Benbow, an assistant professor at Michigan State University. "He really brought it to the forefront — using insects in forensics."

Greenberg, 95, died of colon cancer May 5 in his Hyde Park home, according to his daughter, Linda Greenberg-Hanessian. He and his wife, Barbara, who died in 2016, had moved to Hyde Park in the late 1950s.

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