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“In Memory of Dr. Rushton G. Cortelyou” from Nebraska Bird Review (March 2005) 73(1).


Copyright 2005 Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union. Used by permission.


The Nebraska Ornithologists' Union lost a longtime member and friend on May 2, 2004, when Dr. Rushton Cortelyou passed away just 16 days shy of his 98th birthday. He had been a member of the NOU for more than 50 years. He was preceded in death by Margaret, his wife of 68 years. Survivors include daughters Helen Linger and Carol Cortelyou, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Rusty’s membership in the NOU dates from 1953, and he contributed much to the organization. He served as president in 1962-64 and as editor of The Nebraska Bird Review from 1965 to 1990. As his daughter Carol remembers, "My dad really enjoyed the kind of detailed work needed for the NBR; he even kept doing the index when others took over the editing job."