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A Love Affair with BirdsThe Life of Thomas Sadler Roberts$
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Sue Leaf

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675647

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675647.001.0001

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The Cardinal Hour

The Cardinal Hour

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A Love Affair with Birds

Sue Leaf

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the final years of Thomas Sadler Roberts, who held the post of director of the Minnesota Natural History Museum until his death. At nearly eighty-two, Roberts no longer moved briskly, but the light in his eyes was still keen and reflective. The museum staff were in the thick of things, coping with the move into the new building. However, they had just barely settled into the routine in the new museum in 1940 when war broke out. World War II affected the operations of the museum as staff members were drafted to serve. By 1942, there were only three main staff members left: Roberts, and his longtime associates William Kilgore, and Walter Breckenridge. The chapter concludes by describing the last moments of Roberts. On April 17, Roberts was rushed to the Eitel Hospital after a heart attack. He passed away two days later.

Keywords:   Thomas Sadler Roberts, Minnesota Natural History Museum, World War II, William Kilgore, Walter Breckenridge, Eitel Hospital, heart attack

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