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The passing of Alan Baldridge



Alan Baldridge as the new librarian at Hopkins

It is with great sadness that I report that Alan Baldridge died last night. Born and educated in England, Alan first arrived at HMS in 1966.  He left in 1974 to take charge of the library at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in Miami for five years before being enticed to return to Hopkins in 1978 where he continued to work until his retirement in 1993.

As a very visible member of the Monterey peninsula community and through his active role with the Friends of Hopkins support group, Alan played a key role in soliciting funds to finance the building of the Alan Baldridge enjoying retirementHarold A. Miller Library. Alan was also the consummate naturalist specializing in birds and marine mammals. He served as the president of the local Audubon Society, and as program chair of the Monterey Chapter of the American Cetacean Society, he lined up many of the speakers. 

He was a founding board member of the Earl and Ethel Myers Trust for Marine Biology. Alan also authored scientific papers and wrote several books including “Gray Whales” that was published by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Sheila Baldridge, his wife and soul mate, was at his side when Alan died.

You can read Alan's obituary in the Monterey County, Herald.

By Joe Wible, Hopkins Marine Station


You can read Alan's obituary at

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