A memorial service to celebrate the lives of Bill and Beth Woodin will be held on Sunday, May 27, 2018, at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson, AZ 85743. Details will be posted here when they are available. The museum’s web site is desertmuseum.org.
For those who may not know, Bill Woodin was the director of the museum from 1954 – 1971. It was under his leadership that the museum survived and grew to become the world-renowned museum that it is now. Most of it is outdoors, with large, natural settings for the animals. After Bill stepped away from his direct, daily involvement with the museum, he continued as Director Emeritus. Beth Woodin also had a leadership role with the museum as a member of its board. Although we think of Bill as the world’s senior cartridge collector of military and police ammunition, we should remember that at his core, Bill was a herpetologist who was very concerned with the flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert, and that Beth joined him in this passion.
Below are a few snapshots I made during a visit to the museum with Bill in 2005. It’s interesting to be posting a picture of two of the museum’s rattlesnakes mating on a cartridge forum, but in this case I hope it’s appropriate. Bill said it was an unusual sighting. The museum is a wonderful place and a perfect setting for a memorial to Bill and Beth.