In Memorium: Robert C. Stebbins

Robert Cyril Stebbins, Kensington Studio, 2004 w/ the Permission of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley

On September 23, esteemed herpetologist Dr. Robert (“Bob”) Cyril Stebbins (March 31, 1915 – September 23, 2013) passed away in his sleep at the age of 98. In the days since his passing, articles and obituaries have sprung up across the county commemorating Dr. Stebbins not only for his great accomplishments, but also his kindness. A brief list of sites is listed below for those interested in learning more about one of California’s finest environmental heroes.

The Daily Californian (obituary)

Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (archival interview)

Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (memorial poster)

The Center for North American Herpetology (see “In Memorium”)

Southern California Public Radio

Coyote Crossing

For those of you who wish to share your thoughts, memories, and reflections of time spend with Dr. Stebbins as a friend, student, or colleague, or as a naturalist in the great outdoors with his field guides in hand, I encourage you to visit this earlier post, In Memorium: Robert C. Stebbins (March 31, 1915 – September 23, 2013), and record a note in the “Comments” to share your love and respect for the late Dr. Stebbins with the herpetological community.

In the Spring of 2012, the Stebbins family granted me permission to reprint extracts from his memoir, a work-in-progress he offered freely to the herpetological community. For more information on this serial column featuring the life and times of Dr. Robert C. Stebbins, please visit this post.

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  1. #1 by Dr,. Dirt on September 27, 2013 - 8:34 am

    Read my review of Stebbins’ “Connecting With Nature”, its 5 yrs old now.. To repeat myself: I learned something New from Bob on every “field trip”. On our last trip to the Connolly Ranch, he spotted a Pacific rattlesnake I was about to step on before I did. I remember he pointed to it with his cane which he had just started using. Now I should use one!

    Dr. Dirt

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