Nebraska Ornithologists' Union


Date of this Version



Labedz in Nebraska Bird Review (December 1998) 66(4).


Copyright 1998, Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission.


In Memorium: Harvey L. Gunderson

Dear Fellow Birders,

It is with deep regret that I inform you of the death of Harvey L. Gunderson on Tuesday, 23 February, 1999, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Harvey was born in Gary, Minnesota, on 11 June, 1913, and went On to become Associate Director Of the University Of Nebraska State Museum. Along the way, Harvey received a Bachelor’s Degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, a Master's Degree from the University Of Minnesota and a Ph.D. from the University Of Michigan.

Harvey was a member Of American Society of Mammalogist (Harvey wrote a text book for introductory mammalogy classes), Wilson Ornithological Society, The Wildlife Society, and Sigma Xi, an Honorary Scientific Society. He was also a Fellow of The Explorer’s Club (New York), Associate Director, Curator of Zoology, and Museum Professor at the University of Nebraska State Museum as well as Professor of Life Sciences at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

Harvey was former president of the Nebraska and Minnesota Ornithologists' Unions as well as the Nebraska Section of the Wildlife Society. He served for forty years on the Board of Directors and as Senior Editor of the Minnesota Naturalist published by the Minnesota Natural History Society.

Harvey served for four years in the U.S. Army (1942- 1945); he was with the ski troops of northern Europe.

Services were held both in Minnesota and Nebraska. Funeral and burial were in Lincoln on 1 March, 1999, at St. Luke's Methodist Church.