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File #: 17-0343    Version: 1 Name: IN MEMORY OF DR. GEORGE B. RABB, Ph.D., FORMER PRESIDENT AND PRESIDENT EMERITUS OF THE CHICAGO ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY
Type: Consent Calendar Resolution Status: Held / Deferred in Board
File created: 9/27/2017 In control: FPD Board of Commissioners
On agenda: 10/24/2017 Final action: 10/24/2017
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION IN MEMORY OF DR. GEORGE B. RABB, Ph.D., FORMER PRESIDENT AND PRESIDENT EMERITUS OF THE CHICAGO ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY WHEREAS, over the course of his more than 50-year career, Dr. George B. Rabb gained prominence globally as a conservation leader and a highly respected spokesman for wildlife conservation issues; and WHEREAS, Dr. Rabb earned an undergraduate degree in biology from the College of Charleston in his home city of Charleston, South Carolina, and both a master's and doctoral degree in zoology from the University of Michigan; and WHEREAS, in 1953, Dr. Rabb married Mary Sughrue Rabb, a fellow College of Charleston graduate who worked with Dr. Rabb on conservation issues until her passing in 2006; and WHEREAS, a herpetologist by training, Dr. Rabb joined Brookfield Zoo in 1956 as one of the first Ph.D.'s to work in an American Zoo; he passionately served as the President of the Chicago Zoological Society from 1976 until 2004, at which time he was appointed P...
Sponsors: TONI PRECKWINKLE (President)
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

IN MEMORY OF DR. GEORGE B. RABB, Ph.D., FORMER PRESIDENT AND PRESIDENT EMERITUS OF THE CHICAGO ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY

WHEREAS, over the course of his more than 50-year career, Dr. George B. Rabb gained prominence globally as a conservation leader and a highly respected spokesman for wildlife conservation issues; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Rabb earned an undergraduate degree in biology from the College of Charleston in his home city of Charleston, South Carolina, and both a master's and doctoral degree in zoology from the University of Michigan; and

WHEREAS, in 1953, Dr. Rabb married Mary Sughrue Rabb, a fellow College of Charleston graduate who worked with Dr. Rabb on conservation issues until her passing in 2006; and

WHEREAS, a herpetologist by training, Dr. Rabb joined Brookfield Zoo in 1956 as one of the first Ph.D.'s to work in an American Zoo; he passionately served as the President of the Chicago Zoological Society from 1976 until 2004, at which time he was appointed President Emeritus; and

WHEREAS, during Dr. Rabb's tenure, the Chicago Zoological Society developed innovative approaches to the science of animal care and welfare, education and conservation, prompting the zoology field's first zoo nutrition lab for animals, first behavioral endocrinology testing for animal stress levels, and the first family play zoo, among many other notable firsts; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Rabb was instrumental in driving the concept of naturalistic and immersive animal exhibits and during his career, Brookfield Zoo enjoyed unprecedented revitalization and growth of its exhibits and programs; and

WHEREAS, throughout his career, Dr. Rabb published widely on many topics, including the evolutionary relationships of viperid snakes, behavioral development in okapi, social behavior in captive wolf packs, and the breeding behavior of pipid frogs; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Rabb served as the chair of the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for the Conservation...

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