Nancy Adams 1958-2005

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Nancy Adams


Nancy Adams was the contact person at the U. S. National Collection (Smithsonian Institution) for Aphodiinae, Scarabaeinae and other families not at the "Smithsonian West" (University of Nebraska State Museum). She had just finished inventorying the 320 drawers of scarabaeines at the USNM for a searchable database when she was  diagnosed with cancer in December 2004. She passed away on 20 August  2005.

Nancy was born in Pensacola, FL on 21 April 1958. She spent her first  20 years growing up in Fort Walton Beach, FL where she graduated from Choctawhatchee high school in 1976 and Oskaloosa-Walton Community College with an AA degree in 1978. From there she transferred to Lookout Mountain College, GA, graduating with a BA degree in biology in 1981. She was a teacher/naturalist at the Chattanooga Nature Center and the first teacher/naturalist at Landmark Park in Dothan, AL. In 1983, Nancy started her career in the Entomology Department at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History.  During her years there, she enjoyed collecting trips to Canada, Peru, and Trinidad. On her own, she enjoyed visiting insect collection in London, Mexico, Hawaii and dozens of university collection in the  continental U.S. learning from and sharing with colleagues techniques on insect collection management and data and transaction management. She also enjoyed having two catalogues published on parts of insect collection she managed. She has at least eight insects named for her. Nancy was one of the principal "go-to" people at the National Museum responsible for scarabs. She will be missed.


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