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Paul McGrew* - 2010 - Outstanding Former Faculty
Paul O. McGrew was known for his extensive contributions to the field of paleontology and geology and for his devotion to students.
In light of the university’s need to improve the collections of vertebrate fossils from the state, McGrew decided to come to the University of Wyoming in 1946 when S.H. “Doc” Knight convinced him he should come and develop a museum. With the aid and support of Knight, a small museum was established in the old Geology Building. McGrew then began his search for Tertiary mammalian fossils throughout Wyoming. He responded to every report of fossil finds in the state and gained respect from many citizens.
One of McGrew’s favorite endeavors as a professor was the many collection trips he organized for his students. McGrew passed away on January 30, 1983, after suffering from a mild stroke followed by complications.
*In loving memory.