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Skelley PE, Keller O. 2022. In Memoriam: Robert E. Woodruff, July 20, 1933–July 8, 2021. Insecta Mundi 0908: 1–24.


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Published on February 24, 2022 by Center for Systematic Entomology, Inc. P.O. Box 141874 Gainesville, FL 32614-1874 USA


This and the following set of papers published in Insecta Mundi are dedicated to Robert E. Woodruff, as tribute and thanks from those he mentored or assisted throughout his life. Bob’s many contributions to the study of beetles, being a founding member and first president of the Center for Systematic Entomology (CSE), co-creating Insecta Mundi with Ross H. Arnett, Jr., and having served in various capacities for 30 years on the CSE board of directors and the editorial board of Insecta Mundi, were deemed significant enough to allow this paper outside our normal guidelines. The following pages highlight the life and accomplishments of Robert E. Woodruff.