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Virgil Standish Mallory

1919 - 2003

Dr. Stan Mallory was born in Englewood, New Jersey in 1919. In high school he had his own jazz band and played alto sax occasionally with Duke Ellington’s band. He attended Oberlin College in Ohio to study both music and geology. His undergraduate studies were interrupted by World Was II. During the war Dr. Mallory served as a staff sergeant in military intelligence. After graduating in 1946, Dr. Mallory attended the University of California, Berkeley, obtaining masters and doctorates in paleontology under Robert Kleinpell. His dissertation was on the lower Tertiary foraminiferal biostratigraphy of the California Coast Ranges.

In 1952 Dr. Mallory became a professor at the University of Washington. After the Burke Museum on Natural History and Culture opened at the university in 1962, Dr. Mallory became the Curator of Paleontology. While there he excavated a Megalonyx and acquired the museum’s Allowaurus. After he retired in 1984 he continued at the museum as a volunteer.

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