Antonia Tejada-Flores, died on July 3, 2012 at the age of 63 after a lengthy battle with chronic illness.
Toni, as she was known, received her B.A. in Anthropology in 1970, and took coursework toward a graduate degree at both UCLA and UCRiverside.
Toni began work at Rancho La Brea in 1971, completing 10 years of hard work, then moving on to mitigation work at various sites in California, and completing projects at numerous museums in California and Idaho. She had a field experience in Sonora, Mexico, barely escaping being washed into the Sea of Cortez by flash flooding.
Toni’s favorite work though, was as a summer excavator in Pit 91 at the La Brea Tar Pits. She was also a Research Associate at The George C. Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries, publishing articles on numerous carnivoran species found at Rancho La Brea.
Toni was a member of the American Society of Mammalogists, the Paleontological Society, the Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, and the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.
Toni was a unique intellect, and a non-conformist who had a zest for life and its experiences that many of us will never realize. She will be missed.