Naturalists – Richard McPike Brown, 1952 – 1970

Richard McPike Brown

Interest in botanical exploration within the Park got a boost with Richard M. Brown (1926-1998), who began his career at Crater Lake as a seasonal naturalist in 1952. He then became Assistant Park Naturalist (1953-1960), Chief of Interpretation (1963-1966), and Research Biologist (1967-1970). He held a Masters from Harvard and put his training in plant taxonomy to good use by adding to the Park herbarium. He also recruited energetic, skilled seasonal naturalists and encouraged them to pursue research within the Park. He helped create a library in the Park, which was dedicated as part of the CLNP centennial celebration in 2002 as the Richard McPike Brown Memorial Library. [The Botanists at Crater Lake National Park]

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