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As a child William Palmer was inspired by what he saw on visits to the old North Carolina State Museum. He later worked there part-time until 1963, when he joined the staff of seven as a curator of zoology. He began cataloging reptile and amphibian specimens he found in a closet. The collection soon outgrew the closet, and today this collection at the NC Museum of Natural Science is one of the largest and most complete regional collections in the country. Though Palmer retired in 1995, he comes to the museum almost daily to help curate the collection he started fifty years ago.
North Carolina Naturalist (NoCar QH 76.5 N8 N68), Vol. 21 Issue 1, Spr 2013, p2-3, il, por