Monday, January 21, 2008

OBT: Roy Kendall

Thanks to Dan Hardy for passing this on:

Roy O'Neal Kendall, age 95, passed away January 19, 2008. He was born May 21, 1912, in Ingalls, Gray County, Kansas. He is preceded in death by his wife Conway B. Alford Kendall (Connie)of 44 years, and stepson G. L. Montgomery. He is survived by another stepson Bobby G. Montgomery, two grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He retired in 1972 from the Federal Civil Service, having worked for the U.S. Army 1941--1953 and Air Force 1954--1972. He served in World War II in Northern France and Central Europe campaigns. He will be best remembered by his friends and colleagues for his outstanding contributions to the study of moths and butterflies. He and his wife Connie made many road trips deep into Mexico and all over Texas, amassing a huge and well-documented collection of moths and butterflies of significant value to the scientific community. That collection was donated and transfered to the Entomology Department at Texas A&M University in recent years. He published numerous scholarly papers on the life history of these insects in scientific journals. He documented the life cycles of more than 500 butterflies and moths of Mexico and especially Texas, and preserved research material of each stage for future workers. He discovered many new kinds of moths and butterflies, and several of those were named by others in his honor. In addition to several awards by the scientific community, he was honored with the Presidential Certificate for Services Rendered to the Nation on October 16, 1940. Mr. Kendall carried out undergraduate studies at Louisiana State University, and night courses at Trinity University in 1951-1956. He was an active member of the Lepidopterists' Society, and had research associate affiliations with Welder Wildlife Refuge (Sinton, Texas) and Florida State Museum. He and his work with butterflies were featured in October 1982 in Texas Monthly magazine, and for many years he was the leading authority on Texas butterflies.

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