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Myrl V. Walker, 1931
Myrl V. Walker was born March 20, 1903. He married Wilda O. Walker in the 1920s. He also began collecting fossils in the 1920s as a student of Dr. George F. Sternberg, an early Kansas fossil collector, and later studied under Dr. L. D. Wooster, a paleonthologist. Walker began teaching Junior High at Protection, Kansas, while attending Fort Hays State College during summer and later full time. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1927. After graduating, Walker taught high school at Plainville, then at the biology department at Kansas State Teachers College in 1929 (now Fort Hays State University). In 1930 he was high school principal, coach, and science instructor. He received his master’s degree in vertebrate paleonthology from the University of Kansas in 1931.
Walker became a seasonal ranger naturalist in 1933. In 1944 he was appointed as Associate Park Naturalist in Yosemite National Park. He transferred in 1933 to Petrified Forest National Monument, then to Zion National Park, Crater Lake National Park, and Glacier National Park, and back to Yosemite in 1944. In 1951 he was head of interpretation at Zion and Bryce National Parks. Besides this booklet, Walker wrote a study His specialty was paleontology. While employed for the National Park Service he wrote of Triassic insects in Petrified Forest National Monument (1940), where he also discovered vertebrate tracks. He also wrote an interpretative program study for Dinosaur National Monument (1943), and Archeology of Zion Park (1955). During 1955-1973 he was director of the Division of Paleontology at Fort Hays Kansas State College Museum.
Walker married Wilda Opdyke in 1930. They had one child, Margaret Jean Walker. Wilda Walker died in 1980. Myrl V. Walker died May 1985. They are buried at Ft. Hays Memorial Gardens, Hays, Kansas. In 1988 a series of paleontology papers were published as “Articles in Honor of Myrl V. Walker,” Fort Hays Studies, 3d ser. v. 10 (Science series).
Myrl V. Walker (1903-1985), Reptiles and Amphibians of Yosemite National Park (Yosemite: Yosemite Natural History Association, 1946) “Special Number” of Yosemite Nature Notes 25(1) (January 1946). 48 pages. Illustrated. 24 cm. Saddle stitched with yellow paper wrappers.
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