THE AMATEUR COLLECTORS
Frederick (Fred) O. Thompson spent the last 20 years of his life collecting mainly plant fossils but also trilobites and other invertebrate fossils. He was one of the great amateur fossil collectors in the history of the United States. Thompson shared his knowledge and collections with many well-known paleobotanists, including H. N. Andrews, C. A. Arnold, H. Banks, E. S. Barghoorn, R. W. Baxter, W. C. Darrah, W. L. Fry, S. Leclerq, and S. H. Mamay. Universities in the United States as well as abroad benefited from Thompson’s collection efforts and the generosity of his financial support. In recognition of his great contributions to paleontology and paleobotany as an amateur collector, eight species were named in his honor.