Porter Kier Begins Directorship of NMNH

Porter M. Kier, by Unknown, 1970s, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 92-3558.

January 14, 1973

Invertebrate paleontologist Porter M. Kier is appointed director of the National Museum of Natural History.  He succeeds Richard S. Cowan.  Kier serves as director until May 30, 1979, when assistant director James Mello is appointed acting director.

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