Friday, November 1, 2013

Retired faculty member donates fossils to Randolph College Natural History Collection

The Randolph College Department of Biology held a reception Nov. 1 to celebrate the donation of about 300 fossils to the Randolph College Natural History Collection.
Chris Goldman, right, donated fossils which
Will Guzman '15 cleaned for Randolph's
natural history collection.

Chris Goldman, a retired Randolph political science professor, and his wife, Carol, donated the fossils and attended the reception.

Goldman has a personal interest in fossils and has collected many found in Virginia and West Virginia. Earlier this year, he decided to donate his personal fossil collection to the College. Students who work with the Natural History Collection moved the fossils to the campus, and Will Guzman ’15 helped clean the fossils and restored a storage cabinet for them this summer.

The fossils are now part of the College’s multi-faceted collection of preserved artifacts that allow students to examine natural history up close. The collection includes bones, rocks, minerals, birds, insects, and other animals that have been preserved for study.