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George Sutton

George Miksch Sutton was born in Bethany, Nebraska, on May 16, 1898. He was the only son and oldest child of a minister, Harry Trumbull Sutton and music teacher, Lola Anna Mix Sutton. He was a well respected teacher, naturalist and artist.

When George was five, he received Frank Chapman’s book Bird-Life as a gift from his parents which began a lifetime love of birds. By age 16, George had published articles in The Oologist and Bird-Lore. In 1918, when George was 20, he started working at Carnegie Museum. At first he was in charge of their egg collection, but later began accompanying W.E.C. Todd on field expeditions to Labrador and the far north. George did not graduate college until 1923 after being expelled for leading a student revolt against mandatory ROTC training.

From 1925 to 1929, George left Carnegie to become State Ornithologist for Pennsylvania until quitting to begin graduate research at Cornell University under Arthur Allen. Later, in 1951, Doc taught at the University of Oklahoma Biological Station which led to his move in 1952, to a position as Professor of Zoology at the University of Oklahoma.

During his life, George published many books including:
· Oklahoma Birds, 1967
· High Arctic, 1971
· At a Bend in a Mexican River; 1972
· Portraits of Mexican Birds, 1975
· Fifty Common Birds of Oklahoma and the Southern Great Plains, 1977

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