Adolph Murie

(Sept. 6, 1899 – Aug. 16, 1974)

Adolph Murie was born in 1899 in Moorhead, Minnesota. He joined Olaus in the Brooks Range of Alaska to study caribou; the experience inspired his life’s work. He spent the better part of thirty-two years working for the National Park Service, undertaking pioneering studies that were published in four books: The Wolves of Mount McKinley, A Naturalist in Alaska, The Ecology of the Coyote in the Yellowstone, and The Grizzlies of Mount McKinley. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Park Service and the prestigious John Burroughs Medal. Like his brother, Adolph’s approach to wildlife management ran contrary to current opinion and took into account whole ecosystems, rather than focusing on single organisms. He believed that “life is richest where the greatest diversity exists in the natural order.” The Murie Science and Learning Center in Denali National Park was dedicated to Adolph Murie in 2004. Adolph married Mardy’s younger half-sister, Louise. They had two children, Jan and Gail. Louise lived in Jackson, Wyoming until she passed away in 2012 at 100 years old.