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Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation Collection
Dr. Bill Schaaf

 Born and raised in Ohio.
 Received his Bachelor’s degree from Duke University in 1960.
 Shortly thereafter, received his Master’s degree in statistics from the University of North Carolina,
and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
 Worked as a statistician for the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, for three years.
 Hired as the chief statistician at the Beaufort Laboratory in 1969; his main tasks involved advising
Laboratory scientists on experimental design and statistical testing.

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Aleta Hohn
  • Raised in Maryland.
  • Received her Bachelor’s and Graduate degrees in the 1970s from the University of Maryland at College Park, the latter under Dr. Eugenie Clark.
  • While at College Park she volunteered at the Smithsonian and worked for Dr.
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Eldon J. Levi
  • Eldon was born and raised in California. He served in the U.S. Army overseas.
  • He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Management from San Jose State University in the mid-1960s.
  • Eldon was initially employed by the U.S.
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Charles Roithmayr
  • After two years in the U.S.
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Dr. Gordon Thayer and Dr. Judson Kenworthy

Dr. Gordon Thayer

  • Received a Master’s degree from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University
  • Employed at the Beaufort Lab as a Fishery Biologist, 1968-2004
  • Helped established the Seagrass Program at the Beaufort Laboratory in the late


Dr. Judson Kenworthy

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John Baptist
  • John grew up in Pennsylvania and received his Master’s degree in the early 1950s from Bucknell University
  • He worked for about five years in the early 1950s as an oyster biologist for the State of Maryland near Annapolis
  • He was hired as a fishery biologist with the Radiobiological Laboratory at the Beaufort Laboratory in 1955
  • Retired from the Beaufort Laboratory in 1975
  • John was 98 years old when he recorded this interview
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Gene Huntsman
  • Received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 1965
  • Did post-doctoral work at the University of Miami 1966-1967
  • Employed at the Beaufort Laboratory in 1967, initially with the Menhaden Program
  • Established the Reef Fish Program at the Beaufort Laboratory in the early 1970s, studying life histories of the snapper-grouper complex of fishes along the U.S. Southeast and Gulf coasts, and collecting fishery-dependent data for reef fish species harvested by the head boat fishery
  • Retired from the Beaufort Laboratory in 1995
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John Merriner, Douglas Vaughan, and Joseph W. Smith
  • Dr. John V.
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Herb Prythrech
  • Born in Beaufort, NC; raised on Pivers Island (site of the Beaufort Laboratory)
  • Herb’s father, Dr. Herbert Prythrech, was Director of the Beaufort Laboratory, 1933-1949
  • Graduated from East Carolina University and also served in the US Army
  • Worked for the NMFS, formerly the U.S. Bureau of Commercial Fisheries, as a port agent and fishery reporting specialist in TX, SC, GA, and Miami; retired from NMFS in 1994
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Bill Sunda and Sue Huntsman

Dr. William “Bill” Sunda
o Born and raised in Arlington, Virginia
o Graduated from Lehigh University in 1968 with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science
o Received a Fellowship for graduate studies at MIT and Woods Hole in 1968
o Employed at the Beaufort Lab as a Research Chemist, 1975- 2015

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