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Tracy I. Storer and Ruth Risdon Storer were alumni of the University of California. They began their affiliation with the Davis campus in 1923 when Tracy I. Storer was appointed assistant professor and assistant zoologist and taught the first campus course in zoology. He became the founding chair of the Department of Zoology. His long and devoted service to science and the University ended with his death in 1973.
Ruth Risdon Storer shared her husband's commitment to furthering scholarship in the life sciences. She was the only woman graduate in the University Medical School class of 1913 and was the first woman pediatrician in Yolo County. She remained active in the Davis community and the University until her death in 1986.
As the donors of the Storer endowment, the Lectureship was originally known as the Alumni Lectureship in the Life Sciences, in accordance with the Storers' desire for anonymity. In 1971 Tracy and Ruth Storer responded to the request of friends and colleagues to allow the University to name the Lectureship in their honor. The Tracy and Ruth Storer Lectureship in the Life Sciences serves as a memorial to the Storers' lifetime of service to the University, and fulfills their desire that members of the University community continue to enjoy the benefits of association with distinguished visiting scientists.
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