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Special Publications / Museum of Texas Tech University, number 71, October 11, 2019, pages 888-889. From Field to Laboratory: A Memorial Volume in Honor of Robert J. Baker.


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Dear Robert:

This is the letter that I always intended to write, but never found the right time to do it, so now seems as good a time as any. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your kindness to me and my family over the years. I arrived in Lubbock in early September in 1971 with a newly minted Ph.D. and no idea of how to survive in a fairly hostile academic environment. You took me under your wing and guided me through five interesting years. I know that there was no reason that you needed to do that because you were already a well-established faculty member. To me, it was done out of your kindness and your desire to see me succeed. This is something that I can never repay, although we did waste hours trapping Cratogeomys at the Old Lubbock Airport. The succeeding years were a pure joy for me with time and effort doing fieldwork with you, both foreign and domestic.


With Deepest Appreciation, Hugh