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James R. Welch ? - 1989

James was an early member of AAPS, and served as Vice President of the association during 1986-1988

James Welch, operated Montana Geological Materials in Billings, Montana. Jim was a very active collector and researcher who specialized in fossil invertebrates from Montana. Jim always strived to place his most significant paleontological invertebrate discoveries into museum collections.

He made many significant discoveries, tried to get scientifically important specimens into the hands of researchers. He published the following article in the Journal of Paleontology;
The Asteroid, Lepidasterella montanensis n. sp., from the Upper Mississippian Bear Gulch Limestone of Montana, James R. Welch, Journal of Paleontology, Vol. 58, No. 3 (May, 1984), pp. 843-851

Jim died of a heart attack while collecting Permian invertebrate fossils at Glass Mountain, Texas in 1989.

The James R. Welch Scholarship, named in his honor, is awarded to graduate level students who study and work on macro invertebrate fossils. AAPS initiated this scholarship in 1990 in order to encourage students interested in paleontological invertebrate studies.

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