Remembering Kristian Fauchald - No Bones

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01 July 2015


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Fred Piltz

It was with deep sadness that I learned of Kristian's death last year. I was also saddened to learn of his husbands death a short time later. I was one of Kristian's graduate students at USC in the 1970s. It was a privilege to study under Kristian and to have been able to know Olga Hartman personally and study under them at the Allan Hancock Foundation. After Kristian left USC and the Foundation to assume his position at the Smithsonian, I lost frequent contact with him as I pursued my career with the U, S. Department of the Interior. I drifted away from polychaete systematics but never lost the enthusiasm from critical thinking that he instilled in all his students. To the list of graduate students, the names Robert Smith, John Pilger, and Richard Beckwith should be added. We all occupied the basement of Hancock Foundation with Kristian.

Robert A. Wasmer

A great loss to polychaete taxonomy, as well as was the loss of Brian Kensley (pictured with Kristian at their microscopes) to crustacean taxonomy.

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