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Thomas A. Imhof

Thomas A. Imhof was born on April 1, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York. He began to bird seriously when only a teenager and began bird banding at age 19. He graduated from St. John's University, New York, with a B.S. in Biology. Imhof then went onto Army duty during World War II, entering the Army Reserve and rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After the war, he took a position as a chemist at U.S. Steel in Fairfield Alabama. Imhof worked there for 37 years before retiring. Though Imhof's work with birds was not his career, he made a substantial impact in our understanding of birds of the southeastern U.S., authoring Alabama Birds in 1962. Imhof was also the Regional Editor for Audubon Field Notes and American Birds from 1960 to 1989, a Christmas Bird Count compiler for almost 50 years, and a coordinator and participant of the Breeding Bird Survey. Imhof was also a member of the AOU since 1946.

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