Manville, Richard Hyde, 1910-1974

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Biographical History

Richard H. Manville (1910-1974) was born on November 20, 1910, in Tuxedo, New York. He became interested in nature at a young age. He worked for many summers as a nature counselor and nature director at Boy Scout Camps in New York. After that, he spent a few summers working at National Parks as a ranger naturalist. He received his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College in 1932, and his master's from the University of California. He served as a medical supply officer for the U.S. Army Medical Administration Corps from 1942-1946. He completed his PhD at the University of Michigan. He began his professional career as a professor and then associate professor of zoology at Michigan State University, teaching mammalogy, zoogeography, and general zoology, as well as assisting with ornithology, ecology, and wildlife management. In 1955, he took a job as curator of mammals at the New York Zoological Society. He then worked as an editorial assistant for the McGraw-Hill Company, and was editor of the Journal of Mammalogy. He became chief of the mammal section of the Bird and Mammal Laboratories of the Division of Wildlife Research in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1958. In 1960 he was appointed as director of the Bird and Mammal Laboratories. He went on expeditions to study walruses in the Bering Sea in 1961 and in 1968. He later became a senior zoologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and worked there until his retirement in 1972. He died on August 2, 1974.

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