Dr. Helen Nina Tappan Loeblich, a major figure in twentieth century paleontology, died of multiple causes on August 18, 2004, in California. She was 86 years old and had been in poor health for 10 years.

A Mayflower descendent, Helen was born in Norman, Oklahoma, on Columbus Day, hence Nina for a middle name. Throughout her life, she conquered new worlds in all she endeavored. She came from a long line of educators, scientists, and inventors and was related to Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and Edwin Stanton, Lincoln’s Secretary of War. Her mother, Mary Pearl Jenks Tappan, taught math at...

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