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Irene Agnes McCulloch

1886 - 1987

Irene McCulloch attended the University of Kansas for her undergraduate and MS degrees. In 1969 she received a PhD in zoology from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. McCulloch taught zoology at Occidental College and at Tulane University before becoming a Professor of Zoology at the University of Southern California in 1924.

In 1941 she persuaded Capt. G. Allan Hancock to create the Alan Hancock Foundation at USC to engage in marine research. It consists of a library of biology and oceanography, modern laboratories, a museum, auditorium and dining facility and numerous marine specimens. Later he also created the Hancock Library of Biology and Oceanography.

Dr. McCulloch retired from teaching in 1953 but continued to do marine research. In 1969, some of her former students and colleagues at USC established a foundation for marine biology research and education in her honor, and in 1971 the Los Angeles City Council honored her for "a lifetime of teaching and scientific research." Dr. McCulloch received Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Southern California in 1984.

Dr. McCulloch authored a number of scientific publications on foraminifera, co-authoring some with Dr. Cushman. The Irene McCulloch Collection of slides of Recent foraminifera from off the California coast is in the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian.

Adapted From:
Los Angeles Times obituary
and Biographical Etymology of Marine Organism Names. M









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