Childs Frick (1883-1965)

Paleontologist, of "Clayton" Roslyn, Nassau Co., New York

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Eagle Rock

Pride's Crossing, Beverly



He was born at Clayton in Pittsburgh and graduated from Princeton in 1905. It was there that he developed his passion for palaeontology, natural history, and the conservation of natural resources that stayed with him for life. He became a trustee of the American Museum of Natural History where he established the Frick Laboratory of Vertebrate Palaeontology and was honorary Curator of Late Tertiary and Quaternary Mammals. After his death, his collection of more than 200,000 mammal fossils were donated to the museum along with an endowment of $7.5-million. He participated in and sponsored numerous scientific expeditions across the world and in 1912 led an expedition to Abyssinia. He was a trustee of the New York Zoological Society and was also active in the Conservation Foundation, the Boone & Crockett Club, and the American Committee for International Wildlife Protection. He wrote numerous articles for scientific journals, published one book, "Horned Ruminants of North America," and was awarded a Doctorate in Science from Princeton in 1941. He was a trustee of the Frick Art Collection and a director of the Mellon National Bank. He married and had four children, making their home at Clayton, L.I.