Museum, University of Nebraska State


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Journal of Mammalogy (2000) 81(4): 1,166-1,176.


Copyright 2008, American Society of Mammalogists. Used by permission.


On 11 June 2000, Dr. Elmer C. Birney unexpectedly passed away from cardiac arrest suffered while outside caring for his cattle at his home in Blaine, Minnesota. One of his former students, Robert Timm, probably best expressed the immediate reaction of his family and many friends: ‘‘He was too young and in too good of health to be gone so soon.’’ At the time of his death, Elmer was Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, the Curator of Mammals at the Bell Museum of Natural History, and Director of Graduate Studies of the program in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota.