Dear ECNers,

I wish I could be at ECN this year, but have a conflict.

I would like to say a few words about Norm Penny.  I first met Norm in Manaus, Brazil in 1979.  I was on Terry Erwinís very first fogging expedition.  Norm was our guide (as well as chair of the entomology collection) at INPA Reseach Station.  He was always incredibly helpful and a fantastic translator for those of us who didnít speak Portuguese.  As luck would have it, 9 years later, I met him again when I interviewed for a position at California Academy of Sciences.  He hired me, and was a wonderful boss to work for.  He also worked tirelessly after the 1989 San Francisco earthquake to restore our entomology collection, library and database.  We estimated that the work would take 3 years to complete, but thanks to Norm and others, it was completed in one year.  I moved on to many other things after that, but was happy each year to see Norm at ECN and to catch up on how things were going at CAS.  

I will miss seeing you this year Norm!


Bernice DeMarco, PhD
Research Fellow
Department of Entomology
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC 20013-7012
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On Aug 11, 2016, at 10:56 PM, Joel Hallan <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

This is very sad.  I only met Norm once, but I totally enjoyed him.  He was very outgoing and extremely helpful in any way that he could.  When I had questions to be answered by Cal Academy, Norm was always able to direct me to the correct person.
He was most important to me for his web site:
Check-list of World Mecoptera
He also made a bibliography available for the group.
His career is outlined by CAS at:
If you contact his wife, she must have put something together about the totality of his life.
I will always remember you, Norm.
Joel Hallan
Austin, Texas
Biology Catalog
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Subject: Norm Penny
Last call for someone to step forward to do a short presentation about the life and research exploits of Norm Penny.  Otherwise, we will be forced to relegate him to the moment of silence for all fallen colleagues and leave it at that.  Iíve got a few pics from Brett Ratcliffe, but Brett wonít be arriving until Saturday so he canít do it.
Floyd W. Shockley, Ph.D., F.R.E.S.
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Department of Entomology
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
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