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Erle Galen Kauffman (1933-2016)

Posted: December 22, 2016
Erle Galen Kauffman, 83, Professor Emeritus, Geological Sciences at Indiana University, died peacefully at home December 16 after a long illness. Honored for his many contributions to the Geological and Paleontological sciences, Erle also was acknowledged as a master teacher, researcher and mentor, advancing the education of many through his passion for learning, rigorous science, and generosity of ideas. Erle held an academic positi...  Read More

Loren Toohey (1921-2016)

Posted: December 2, 2016
Lt. Col. Loren Toohey, USAF, Retired, passed away on November 19, 2016 at the Blue Skies of Texas Retirement Community in San Antonio, Texas. Loren was born March 2, 1921 in Antioch, Nebraska, and spent his early years in Hemingford and Alliance, Nebraska. Loren was related to both the Danbom and Toohey families. In 1942, Loren married Leona "Maxine" Caha and they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary before Maxine p...  Read More

Herb Barghusen (1933-2015)

Posted: November 29, 2016
Herbert (Herb) R. Barghusen, a longtime resident of Hyde Park in Chicago and more recently of Ogden Dunes, IN, died on December 25, 2015 in Chesterton, IN after an illness of several months. Born July 9, 1933 in Englewood, New Jersey to Lydia Bertha (nee Weber) and John Joseph Barghusen, Herb spent his youth in the New Jersey suburbs of New York City.  He often recounted his pleasure in crossing the bridge into the city to vi...  Read More

Elwyn Simons, Duke University paleoanthropologist, dies March 6

Posted: March 9, 2016
Elwyn Simons, Fossil Expert and Primat Conservationist, Dies at 85. DURHAM, NC - Duke scientist-explorer Elwyn Simons, who studied living and extinct primates for more than 50 years, died in his sleep on Sunday, March 6, in Peoria, Arizona. He was 85. The extended article on Dr. Simons passing is published on Duke Today.  Read More

Peter Lawrence Forey (1945–2016)

Posted: January 25, 2016
Peter Forey was one of the world’s leading palaeoichthyologists and at the forefront of the cladistics revolution in the 1980s. Together with Don Rosen, Colin Patterson and Brian Gardiner, he was known as one of the ‘Gang of Four’ whose arguments in favour of phylogenetic systematics as a guiding principle in evolutionary biology earned them opprobrium and praise in equal measure, with the added benefit of being fir...  Read More

John Stanton “Jack” McIntosh (1923–2015)

Posted: December 27, 2015
John Stanton “Jack” McIntosh (1923–2015).         With the passing of Jack McIntosh, vertebrate paleontology has lost one of its greats and a friend and colleague to many across the globe.  He fell under the spell of sauropods at the age of six after seeing the Diplodocus mount during a visit to the Carnegie Museum.  By the age of 13 he was corresponding with paleontolog...  Read More

H. Richard Lane passing

Posted: October 21, 2015
Passing of H. Richard Lane   We are saddened to announce the recent death of Rich Lane.  For the past 18 years, Rich served as program director for the Sedimentary Geology and Paleobiology Program at the National Science Foundation in the U.S.  He also led the Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections Program, Coastal SEES Program, and Genealogy of Life Program.  Many SVP members interacted with Ri...  Read More

Chester Tarka Passed Away Peacefully on October 7, 2015

Posted: October 12, 2015
We are very saddened to announce the passing of Chester Tarka, at the age of 96. Chester was a very long time staff member of the American Museum of Natural History, who served as a dedicated artist in the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology. Chester joined the Museum staff in 1955 and spent more than 60 years working and supporting the research efforts of our curators and scientists. A highly decorated WWII veteran, Chester landed a...  Read More

David M. Raup passing

Posted: July 15, 2015
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Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska (25 April 1925 - 13 March 2015) passes away at age 89

Posted: June 18, 2015
Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska, who made major contributions to our knowledge of Mesozoic vertebrates, particularly mammals, died on March 13, 2015, just weeks before her 90th birthday. She was born in Sokolów Podlaski, central Poland. During the Second World War Zofia continued her education by attending clandestine classes in Warsaw. In 1949, as a student of Roman Kozlowski, she obtained an M. Phil and, in 1953, her Ph. D. Although having...  Read More

Percy Butler passing

Posted: February 10, 2015
Prof. Percy M. Butler, mammalian odontologist and paleontologist, passed away on the 7th February 2015 at the age of 102. He graduated and gained his PhD from Pembroke College, Cambridge, where his doctoral supervisor was Clive Forster Cooper. Most of his career was spent at Royal Holloway, University of London (after stints in Exeter, Manchester and the USA) and he had a long association with the Natural History Museum, London, w...  Read More

Steven Czerkas passing

Posted: January 23, 2015
Utah paleoartist Steven Czerkas passed away after a long battle with liver cancer. Steve was responsible for thee books; Dinosaurs Past & Present, v. 1&2, Dinosaurs a Global View, and Feathered Dinosaurs and the Origin of Flight. Steve and his wife Silvia, who worked with him on everything, founded the Dinosaur Museum in Blanding, Utah.    Read More

Tab Rasmussen has passed away.

Posted: October 20, 2014
Tab was known in paleo world for his work on Paleogene mammals.  Growing up the son of a biologist and exploring the wild parts of the desert southwest as a child and young adult prepared him well for his future career, and started his lifelong love of the natural world.  He attend Colorado College as an undergraduate, and was a student of Elwyn Simons at Duke University, earning his Ph.D. there in 1986. After short stint...  Read More

Professor Tapan Roy Chowdhury (TRC) passed away on 18 March, 2013.

Posted: April 11, 2014
Professor Tapan Roy Chowdhury (TRC) passed away on 18 March, 2013. He worked for six decades in the field of Vertebrate Paleontology and Stratigraphy at the Geological Studies Unit (G.S.U.), Indian Statistical Institute (I.SI.), and left indelible memories to his colleagues and students. TRC, after doing his master’s degree with a first class from the University of Calcutta in 1958, started his professional career as a lectu...  Read More

Alec Leonard Panchen 1930-2013

Posted: November 5, 2013
Alec Leonard Panchen died on 17th January 2013 after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was a long-standing member of SVP and was elected an Honorary Member in 1999. Alec laid the modern foundations of the study of Palaeozoic tetrapods in the UK and supervised, supported and encouraged a new generation of vertebrate palaeontologists at the start of their careers. Alec was born on 4th October 1930 in the City of London....  Read More