Walter W. Dalquest (1917-2000) was educated in the fields of biology, geology, and biochemistry. He received a B.S. in 1940
and an M.S. in 1941 from the University of Washington and a PhD from Louisiana State University in 1951. Having established
a personal and professional connection with E. Raymond Hall, Dalquest was convinced by Hall to come to Berkeley, where he
stayed from 1941-1945, doing curatorial work, fieldwork, and research for the MVZ. He moved on to the University of Kansas
at Lawrence in 1945. After receiving his PhD, Dalquest took on a position with the Biology Department of Midwestern State
University in Wichita Falls, Texas. He began creating a museum collection there, eventually amassing over 22,000 mammal specimens
alone. Over his lifetime, Dalquest published 7 books and 173 research articles. Retiring from full-time duties at Midwestern
State in 1984, Dalquest remained active in his personal and professional life until his death. In 1996, Dalquest, along with
his second wife Rose, donated a significant amount of land to Midwestern State, creating the Dalquest Research Station. The
Station seeks to promote research and education about the Chihuahuan Desert for students and scientists from outside universities.
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