I was delighted to be able to join with so many friends and colleagues, in writing this short paper to mark the retirement of Donald Lee. There are many outstanding milestones in Donald's career. However, I thought that I could perhaps draw special attention to his long and distinguished association with the British Society for Parasitology (BSP), and the journal, Parasitology. He was President of the BSP between 1978 and 1980 and, in recognition of his service to the Society and contributions to the discipline of parasitology, was elected an Honorary Member in 1980. Donald has also had a long association with Parasitology, as a member of the Editorial Board and as a frequent contributor. His first paper in the journal was published in 1958; it described the occurrence of Syngamus sp. in a fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) that had been accidentally killed. At the time of writing, his most recent publication, but I suspect not his last, was a biochemical study on proteins produced by Nippostrongylus brasiliensis, Nematodims battus and Ascaridia galli (Foster & Lee, 1996). Of course, Donald has published in many other journals and authored several books. However, if one considers only those papers published in Parasitology, they provide a record of intellectual vigour and curiosity that has remained undiminished throughout his career.