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December 2011

Remembering David Marshall, Dean of Oregon Birders

OSU Press mourns the loss of David Marshall, a champion for Oregon wildlife, who passed away on November 22 at age 85.

David MarshallAs a boy growing up in Portland in the 1930s, Dave’s passion was birding. With friends he would bike from Mount Scott to Kelley Point, looking for birds—early escapades that are recounted in “Hometown,” a short essay by Dave and Tom McAllister that appears in the new edition of Wild in the City: Exploring the Intertwine.

In 1940, the Oregon State College Faculty Publications Committee (later to become OSU Press) published its first hardcover book, the landmark Birds of Oregon by Ira Gabrielson and Stanley Jewett. Fourteen-year-old Dave read Birds of Oregon the year it was published. He knew then that someday the book would need updating, and that he might even play a role. Sixty-three years later, the OSU Press published Birds of Oregon: A General Reference, the first complete reference work on the subject since Gabrielson and Jewett’s definitive volume. Dave Marshall was the driving force and senior editor. That Gabrielson and Jewett had both been mentors of Dave’s made his involvement all the more significant.

Prior to his work on the 704-page Birds of Oregon—what co-editor Alan Contreras called “The 8-Pound Book of Truth”—Marshall, an OSU graduate in Fish and Game Management, had a distinguished career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, serving as resident biologist at several national wildlife refuges in the West, including Malheur. Later he was instrumental in establishing Baskett Slough, Finley, and Ankeny wildlife refuges in the Willamette Valley. After passage of the 1973 Endangered Species Act, Dave served in Washington, DC, as one of the first biologists to initiate the Service’s endangered species program.

For more on Dave’s life, we recommend the links below and his wonderful Memoirs of a Wildlife Biologist, published in 2008 and available at the Audubon Society of Portland Nature Store.

A celebration of Dave’s life will be held at noon on Saturday, December 10, at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland.

OPB News: Wildlife and Bird Champion Dave Marshall Dies at 85

The Well-Read Naturalist: David Marshall, 1926-2011

The Oregonian: David Marshall, Born to be a birder

Books = Gifts

As we greet the hectic swirl of December, may we all pause often to enjoy the gift of elegant writing, lucid communication, sparkling insight. If you plan to give gifts during this season, don't forget the venerable book. Need some ideas? We invite you to browse our new titles.

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OSU Press authors have an eventful week ahead. This Friday, former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts will speak at Oregon State University (4 p.m., MU Journey Room) about the role of women in Oregon politics and her new autobiography.

Saturday finds Wild in the City editors Mike Houck and M.J. Cody at Tryon Creek State Park for the Annual Holiday Forest market and later that afternoon at the Audubon Society of Portland's Nature Store Holiday Open House.

If you drop by the Oregon Historical Society's Annual Holiday Cheer on Sunday afternoon, Carl Abbott, C. Melvin Aikens, and Avel Louise Gordly will be among the OSU Press authors greeting you.

On Wednesday December 7, Oregon State Capitol's Open House brings an evening of lights, entertainment, and authors—Barbara Roberts and Avel Louise Gordly among them. Visit the Capitol Building between December 8th and 22nd to see an exhibit selected from the Avel L. Gordly papers, sponsored by the PSU Library and Department of History.

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