Kemper, Charles A. (ed.) / The passenger pigeon
Volume 39, Number 4 (Winter 1977)
Gromme, Owen J.
[In memoriam: Herbert Lee Stoddard], pp. 320-331 PDF (4.3 MB)
IN MEMORIAM: HERBERT LEE STODDARD By Owen J. Gromme (Ed. Note: This obituary previously appeared in The Auk, (Vol. 90, Oct. 1973) in an abbreviated and edited version. Because Herbert Stoddard was an honorary life member of the W. S. 0. and a close friend of many of our members and since most of our members do not see The Auk, we felt it would befitting to reprint this in its entirety. I first became acquainted with Mr. Stoddard when he visited me in 1963 to discuss TV tower mortalities. This was one of Mr. Stoddard's last great preoccupations. He was a man of obvious keen intellect, great personal magnetism and tremendous energy. I found him extremely stimulating in my own on going studies of TV tower casualties. Mr. Gromme has written a moving and interesting account of his close friend - truly a monumental figure in Wisconsin ornithology as well as a national figure of deserved reknown.) The words ecology and environment stand out in headlines of the current news media of the world. The science of ornithology plays a valuable role in our attempt to solve our problems, and our knowledge is based upon the pioneering efforts of the giants of the past upon whose shoulders our biological scholars, technicians and administrators of today stand. Herbert L. Stoddard was one of those giants of his time, and was not only an outstanding ornithologist but also a great naturalist whose interest in nature was as wide as his horizons. Being academically tied to no particular school of discipline, his keen and inquiring mind was free to roam the gamut of the interrelationship of all living things. His special emphasis was on ornithology and all of its interesting avenues of pursuit. His accomplishments in his field and his mode of life stand out as examples to the career men who wish to apply their ornithological knowledge to the betterment of our living space in our trying times. He was born in Rockford, Illinois on February 24, 1889, the second son of Herbert A. Stoddard and Helen Eugenia Wallace Stoddard. He was married to Ada Wechselberg of Milwaukee on June 26, 1915, and is survived by a son Herbert Lee Stoddard, Jr. of Tallahassee; a sister, Mrs. Rupert J. Stibbs, Rockford, Illinois; two grandsons, Herbert Lee Stoddard III and David Spencer Stoddard, both of Tallahassee; and one grand daughter, Marie Louise Stoddard, Tallahassee. In the case of such a complicated but simple man, the biographer's task is to find the key to "just what makes such a man tick." The fact that he possessed no college degree and that his academic training did not take him beyond the high school years makes his career the more remarkable. He was self-taught and educated so superlatively that he was offered a full professorship in one of our great universities and the directorship of one of our important museums of natural history. Probably his most outstanding contribution was his book, The Bob White Quaii, which is a classic in its field and one of the most important and 321
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