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The Raymond M. Alf Award for Excellence in Paleontological Research and Education honors a paleontologist who exhibits excellence both in original scientific research as well as in education and outreach at the primary and secondary school (K-12) levels. Continue reading
On October 18, the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology recognized Dr. Tsiory Andrianavalona with the Alf Award for Excellence in Paleontological Research and Education at the annual Peccary Society dinner. The award honors a paleontologist who demonstrates exceptional achievement both in original scientific research, as well as in education and outreach at the primary and secondary school (K–12) levels. Continue reading
Dr. Raymond Alf, perhaps the greatest educator in the history of The Webb Schools, was an incredible educator and coach who lived on campus for nearly 70 years. Alf was born in China to missionary parents, and then became a nationally ranked collegiate sprinter, a renowned paleontologist who won a multitude of teaching awards, an inspirational motivator to generations of Webb students, and a man who founded the world’s only nationally accredited paleontology museum on a high school campus. To tell Alf’s story and honor his legacy, Museum Director Don Lofgren and Jennifer Liu ’05 (Webb’s current Director of Parent Relations & Special Events) wrote “Moment of Time: The Life of Raymond Alf and the History of the Peccary Society,” a definitive treatment of Alf’s life and the museum that bears his name.
The book was based on extensive research. Alf’s daughters (Janet & Mimi), his five grandchildren, and eighty of his former students and acquaintances were interviewed. Eric Williams, the Alf Family archivist, provided access to hundreds of family documents, diaries, and photos. The book has 15 chapters:1–6 are centered on Alf’s childhood, track career, and early years at Webb; 6–11 describe the peccary trips, Alf’s unbounded enthusiasm for teaching, and the establishment of a permanent museum at Webb; 12–14 recount his later years when Ray and his wife Pearl lived in a house on the Webb campus built specifically for them; and 15 reviews Dr. Alf’s incredible Webb legacy.
A complimentary copy of the book is available to anyone who donates $100 or more to the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology. To do so, please use this link.