Celebration of Life for Robbin Thorp
Date: October 11, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Contact: Lynn Kimsey: email@example.com
Sponsor: UC Davis Entomology and Nematology
Location: Putah Creek Lodge
A celebration of life for Robbin Thorp, a global and legendary authority on bees and a distinguished emeritus professor of entomology at UC Davis, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11 in the Putah Creek Lodge, located on Putah Creek Lodge Drive, southwest section of the UC Davis Arboretum.
Lynn Kimsey (firstname.lastname@example.org), director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology and UC Davis professor of entomology, is coordinating the event, with Professor Neal Williams (email@example.com) assisting.
Thorp, 85, passed away Friday, June 7 at this home in Davis. He would have been 86 on Aug. 26.
A member of the UC Davis entomology faculty for 30 years, from 1964-1994, Thorp achieved emeritus status in 1994 but continued to engage in research, teaching and public service until a few weeks before his death.
A tireless advocate of pollinator species protection and conservation, he was known for his expertise, dedication and passion in protecting native pollinators, especially bumble bees, and for his teaching, research and public service. He was an authority on pollination ecology, ecology and systematics of honey bees, bumble bees, vernal pool bees, conservation of bees, native bees and crop pollination, and bees of urban gardens and agricultural landscapes.
“Robbin's scientific achievements during his retirement rival the typical career productivity of many other academic scientists,” said Steve Nadler, professor and chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology. “His contributions in support of understanding bee biodiversity and systematics are a true scientific legacy.”