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Robert L. RUDD (1921-2003) (obit.)

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Robert L. RUDD (1921-2003) (obit.)

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Robert L. Rudd

Longtime UC Davis zoology professor Robert L. Rudd died Nov. 4, 2003, in Stockton. He was 82.

Born Sept. 18, 1921, in Los Angeles, he grew up in Salinas and Boulder Creek. His grandfather taught him to observe and appreciate the natural world, and he was already an accomplished naturalist by the time he began studying zoology at Salinas Junior College (now Hartnell College) and UC Berkeley.

After completing his undergraduate degree, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on April 15, 1942. He served as a B-24 pilot during World War II, flying numerous missions in the Pacific Theater as a first lieutenant in the 23rd Bombardment Squadron, 5th Bombardment Group. He earned the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star.

When the war ended, he returned to Berkeley and obtained his doctorate in zoology. In 1952 he joined the UCD department of zoology, teaching field courses in ornithology and mammalogy. Having developed an interest in tropical biology while serving in the Pacific, he also created a course in the ecology of tropical latitudes.

His study of the effects of the insecticide DDT on birds became "Pesticides and the Living Landscape," a book that paralleled Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" but was written for the scientific community. His later work focused on mammals of the rainforests of Malaysia, Costa Rica and New Guinea.

He moved to Stockton after the death of his wife of 55 years, Betty.

He is survived by daughter Melanie Ferrando and her husband Bob of Davis, and by daughter Millicent Guiliani, her husband Richard and their sons Tony and Will of Stockton. His death also will be mourned by countless students and graduate students who credit him with their appreciation of the songs of birds and the beauty and fragility of the environment, his family said.

Interment will be at Davis Cemetery. No formal service is planned.

Donations in the name of the deceased may be sent to Rachel Carson Council Inc., 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase MD 20815.

(Obituary from the "The Davis Enterprise," Saturday, November 8, 2003, (Yolo County, California). Submitted with the permission of the "The Davis Enterprise," 315 G Street, Davis, CA 95616, <>;. Please note: I am not related to the family listed above, and I do not have any further information on this family.)

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