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In Memoriam: Bill Stanley

ASTC was sad to learn that mammaologist and educator Bill Stanley passed away on October 6 while doing field work in the mountains of Ethiopia. He was 58 years old. Stanley was director of the Gantz Family Collections Center at Chicago’s Field Museum. He began his tenure at the museum in 1989 as collection manager of mammals.

The Field Museum described his legacy as “[having] two intertwined strands: his commitment to museum collections as a means to ‘find out what makes this planet tick’ (as he so often put it), and his passion for education and outreach—whether training young African researchers, creating field guides, or engaging museum visitors. Both strands end in one place: deepening scientific understanding of the world around us, for the scientific community, and for the scientists, conservationists, and educators of the future.”

Read more about Stanley and his work on the Field Museum’s website. The Field Museum invites friends and colleagues to share their memories at the Friends of Bill Stanley Facebook page. The museum has also established the Bill Stanley Memorial fund to “support the interface of exploration and training with Field Museum collections, with special opportunities for students from Africa.”

Photo by John Weinstein