Madam President, Members of The Paleontological Society Council, Society Members, and Guests; it is my distinct honor to present Dr. Loren E. Babcock, recipient of the Charles Schuchert Award for 2001. These presentations tend toward hyperbole; however, it is often difficult distinguishing between extravagant exaggeration and realistic statement of accomplishments when describing remarkable people. Loren is remarkable! Therefore, taking his place among the previous recipients of this award is richly deserved.

Loren was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. His father was a high school science teacher who had a keen interest in geology and books. The family must...

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