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Laurence Markham Huey

Laurence Markham Huey was born on September 6, 1892 in the Tia Juana Valley of San Diego County, California. He attended school until the 8th grade and beyond that was self-educated. When Laurence turned 15, he supported himself and his adopted aunt by working in a planning mill while spending his free time developing a curiosity in the natural sciences. At 16, he became a junior member of the San Diego of Natural History and a charter member of the Fellows of the Society in 1923. Laurence held the position of Curator of Birds and Mammals at the San Diego Natural History Museum for 38 years until his retirement in 1961.

Through his abundant professional and personal experience, Laurence became an authority on the birds and mammals of Baja California, Mexico. Laurence recalled that his first official collecting trip to Baja California was with Griffing Bancroft in 1923. "In those days, we cooked on the camp fire, ate beans and rice, and lived on 30 cents a day." In addition, Laurence also collected and studied the fauna of California, Utah, and Arizona.

Laurence was a member of the American Ornithologists' Union in 1920, and an elective member in 1932. He also served as a member of the Cooper and Wilson Ornithological Societies, American Society of Mammalogists, Society of Systematic Zoology, and Biological Society of Washington.

Laurence Markham Huey died in San Diego, California June 11, 1963.

Resources for this biography and image include:

Howard, H. (1965) Obituaries - Laurence Markham Huey. The Auk: Vol. 82, No.2, p.323.

History of Our Museum: Huey, Laurence (1892-1963). The San Diego Natural History Museum

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