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A New Jersey native, Alan “Doc” Beetle received a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, a master’s degree from the University of Wyoming, and a doctorate from the University of California-Berkeley. Alan returned to the University of Wyoming in 1946 and over the next 32 years had many accomplishments. Among those, he was an organizer and charter member of the Society for Range Management and established the Wyoming association. He helped develop one of the country’s best grass collections comprised of more than 10,000 specimens from around the world. In fact, the Beetle Herbarium houses a collection of grasses from Mexico that are second only to the Smithsonian’s. In 1985, the Society for Range Management honored Alan with the Frederic G. Renner Award, their highest award.