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    <p>Didn't write it, just passing on. He was quite a character. - Roy<br>
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    <div class="moz-cite-prefix">On 1/5/2017 2:26 PM, Jere LIPPS wrote:<br>
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      <div dir="ltr">Thank you, Roy for the sad news about Matthew.  He
        certainly lived an interesting and, at times I imagine,
        discouraging, life.  Although he and I had a number of
        conversations and communications, I did not see him often enough
        to understand much of what you wrote.  I appreciate that
        write-up, as I always found his work interesting and useful--it
        still is, as you point out.  And he was a fun guy, as I
        could tell from a few encounters with him.    I am sorry to see
        him go, but what a life!!   </div>
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                      <div><strong><em>Jere H. Lipps</em></strong></div>
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        <div class="gmail_quote">On Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 11:20 AM,
          Hasiotis, Stephen Tom <span dir="ltr"><<a
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                <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">Sad
                    news indeed. Thank you for sharing this with us,
                    Roy. I was just flipping through
                    <i>Evolution of Animal Behavior</i> that he coedited
                    with Kitchell in 1986. What a great resource.</span></p>
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                <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">May
                    his memory be eternal +</span></p>
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                <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt">Steve</span></p>
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                            style="font-size:10.5pt;font-family:Times;color:black">Stephen
                            T. Hasiotis, Ph.D.</span><span
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                      on behalf of "Plotnick, Roy E" <<a
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                      <b>Organization: </b>University of Illinois at
                      Chicago<br>
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                      <b>Date: </b>Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 1:06 PM<br>
                      <b>To: </b>PaleoNet <<a moz-do-not-send="true"
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                      <b>Subject: </b>Paleonet: Fwd: [Science News] The
                      Natural News for January 4, 2017</span></p>
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                              Matthew Nitecki, 1925 – 2016</b></span></p>
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                              style="font-family:Times">We are sad to
                              announce that Matt Nitecki, Curator
                              Emeritus of Invertebrate Paleontology at
                              The Field Museum, died on December 21,
                              2016, after a long illness. Matt came to
                              the Museum in 1965 after having served as
                              curator of the Walker Museum at the
                              University of Chicago. When the Walker
                              closed, Matt oversaw the transfer of its
                              720,000 specimens of fossil invertebrates
                              to the Field, and came along with them as
                              Curator.</span></p>
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                              style="font-family:"serif","serif"">Matthew
                              H. Nitecki was born in Poland in 1925, and
                              left with his mother and brothers in 1939
                              when Germany invaded Poland. After living
                              in Romania and France, he attempted to
                              join the Polish Army via England, but was
                              jailed in Spain for illegally crossing the
                              border while trying to get to Gibraltar.
                              Eventually released to the Red Cross under
                              a general amnesty of political prisoners
                              under the age of 18, he made it to
                              England, became a paratrooper in the
                              Polish Army, and survived the Battle of
                              Arnhem, well known from the book and movie
                              <i>A Bridge Too Far</i>. Matt lived in
                              England for several years after the war,
                              going to school, including one year at the
                              Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
                              in Edinburgh, and then emigrated to the
                              United States with his parents and twin
                              brother. While working in Detroit, he saw
                              a poster advertising the University of
                              Chicago, and decided to enroll. He earned
                              his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from
                              Chicago a few years later.
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                              style="font-family:"serif","serif"">Matt
                              was a prolific scientist, authoring more
                              than 150 articles and writing or editing
                              25 books and monographs, including what
                              for years was the standard reference on
                              Mazon Creek fossils. His special interests
                              were “problematic” fossils and the history
                              of evolution, and he was considered the
                              world expert on Receptaculitids (enigmatic
                              Paleozoic marine fossils of indeterminate
                              and contested phylogenetic placement, but
                              currently considered to be a group of
                              algae). He taught geology field courses in
                              places like Starved Rock State Park,
                              Galena and Apple Rock Canyon in Illinois,
                              the Missouri Ozarks, and the Grand Canyon.
                              He also ran the Museum’s Spring
                              Systematics Symposium for many years (of
                              which more later). Like most curators,
                              Matt kept working after he “retired” in
                              1996, continuing his research on algae and
                              problematic fossils. His book,
                              <i>Receptaculitids: A Phylogenetic Debate
                                on a Problematic Fossil Taxon</i>, was
                              published in 1999, and other book chapters
                              and articles followed into the early
                              2000s. His most recent project was a
                              bibliography of 19<sup>th</sup> century
                              paleontologist James Hall, co-edited with
                              his wife (and Field Museum Research
                              Associate) Doris Nitecki and colleague
                              Alan Horowitz; it was submitted for
                              publication a few days after his death.</span></p>
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                              is almost inescapable to consider some
                              scientists “characters,” especially those
                              with a few decades of fieldwork and
                              academic battles under their belts. But
                              someone who fled Nazism, did time in a
                              Spanish prison, parachuted into the Battle
                              of Arnhem, and became an expert on
                              enigmatic fossils, must be considered a
                              character of a different order. Matt will
                              be remembered as an accomplished
                              scientist, a gracious host at his and
                              Doris’ home in the Indiana Dunes, and as a
                              pint-sized, raspy-voiced, mischievous
                              imp—but for many, Matt will always be
                              first and foremost the mastermind of the
                              renowned Spring Systematics Symposia in
                              the 1980s—still remembered by old-timers
                              at the University of Chicago as “the
                              Nitecki talks.” Most of these symposia
                              resulted in edited volumes, many of which
                              are still in print. But more than that,
                              many of these events packed the Museum’s
                              James Simpson Theater with people eager to
                              learn about the latest research or
                              scientific controversy from experts
                              recruited from around the world. It was a
                              different time—no internet, no social
                              media, cable TV just dawning—but these
                              symposia were successful because of Matt’s
                              foresight in choosing the right topics at
                              the right time, and his passionate and
                              energetic follow-through. Today
                              institutions like ours continue to seek
                              new ways to advance public understanding
                              of science, while pushing the frontiers of
                              knowledge and grappling with a broad range
                              of global issues. Yet Matt was able to
                              routinely get 500-plus people—a mix of
                              academics and interested lay people—into
                              the seats of a scientific symposium, year
                              after year. Matt truly made the Museum a
                              hub for the dissemination of scientific
                              knowledge—a great accomplishment, and a
                              huge contribution to The Field Museum, and
                              to science more broadly.</span></p>
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Roy E. Plotnick
Professor
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago
845 W. Taylor St.
Chicago, IL 60607

E-mail: <a class="moz-txt-link-abbreviated" href="mailto:plotnick@uic.edu">plotnick@uic.edu</a>
office 2454 SES
office phone: 312-996-2111     fax: 312-413-2279
lab phone: 312-355-1342



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