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Jon Shepard Oral History Interview. January 23, 2015

Jon Shepard Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.

January 23, 2015

Location:  Valley Library, Oregon State University.

Jon Shepard (b. 1941) graduated from OSU in 1963, earning a degree in Biology. Beginning in junior high school and running through his years at Oregon State and beyond, Shepard's chief professional and personal interest has been lepidoptery, the study butterflies and moths. Based primarily in British Columbia from the early 1970s to 2014, Shepard pursued a career as a lepidopterist by teaching at community colleges, filling in for colleagues who were away on sabbatical, and engaging in contract work, all the while pursuing his own research and collecting projects. His interview traces his years at OSU and documents a few highlights of his many years of devotion to a more detailed understanding of butterflies, moths, and other insects.