Kelson, Keith R. (Deceased)
Keith was born on August 11,1918, in Wales, Utah. He received a BA degree in 1939, an MA degree in 1941, and a PhD degree in zoology in 1949, all from the University of Utah. The topic of his dissertation was speciation of rodents in the Colorado River drainage of southern Utah. He worked at the University of Arizona funded by a grant that had to do with the mammals of North America. When that project was completed, he joined the National Science Foundation as a mammalogist program director where he worked for many years. He published 12 papers between 1946 and 1959 dealing with mammals. He is the co-author with E. R. Hall of the two volume book, Mammals of North America. He was elected to the Washington Biologists’ Field Club in 1956 and terminated his membership in 1963.