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Here is Ned Colbert's Obituary from today in the Arizona Daily Sun.
Famed paleontologist Ned Colbert dead at 96


World-renowned paleontologist Edwin H. "Ned" Colbert, who made major
contributions to the Museum of Northern Arizona, died Thursday at the age of
96 in Flagstaff.
Colbert spent 40 years as the curator of fossil reptiles and amphibians at
New York's American Museum of Natural History, where he started the famed
Brontosaur Hall. Considered one of the world's leading authorities on
dinosaurs, Colbert was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, and he
traveled the world's continents for his research.

He and his wife Margaret retired to Flagstaff, and for the past 30 years
Colbert was the honorary curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Museum of
Northern Arizona. In 1996, the museum created the Colbert Chair of
Vertebrate Paleontology at the museum, currently held by David Gillette.

"Ned Colbert was the epitome of the scientist who neither stopped inquiring
of the world, nor stopped sharing his perspectives on it," said Arthur H.
Wolf, president and CEO of the Museum of Northern Arizona. "His work over
the decades stands as a landmark in his discipline and an inspiration to
scientists of all ages. He was an important influence on the museum's
research programs and we will miss him."

Colbert published more than 425 scientific publications from 1931 until his
death, including 17 books. His classic college textbook, "Colbert's
Evolution of the Vertebrates," is in its fifth edition. His 1980 book, "A
Fossil Hunter's Notebook," recounted his journeys to Africa, India, the
Middle East, South America and Australia in pursuit of fossils. His
discovery in Antarctica of the fossil reptile Lystrosaurus provided
important evidence supporting the theory of continental drift.

His work won recognition as early as 1935, when he was awarded the Daniel
Giraud Elliott Medal for pre-eminence in zoology and paleontology. Sixty-one
years later, in 1996, he received the Ferdinand Vandeever Hayden Medal for
outstanding contributions to the field of geology.

Beginning his studies under Henry Fairfield Osborn, Colbert eventually
became the mentor to noted scientists Stephen J. Gould and John Ostrom. At
the time of his death, Colbert still had a half-finished manuscript for a
book he hoped to publish about his work in Antarctica.

Colbert received his bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska and
his doctoral degree from Columbia University

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Matthew Colbert, as well as five sons:
Daniel, Philip, David, George and Charles.

Randall Irmis
Geology Student
Northern Arizona University
"They [paleontologists] are the medicine-men of today."
-My roommate