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Harold Bert "Bud" Rollins, former faculty

Born in 1939, loving husband, father and friend Bud Rollins peacefully passed away, at his Dunnellon, FL home, on January 9, 2017 after a long battle with cancer, with his son at his bedside. This follows the passing of his wife and soulmate of 55 years, Jude Rollins, in April 2015. 

Buddy, son of Marion and Don Rollins, was born and raised in Randallsville, NY, spending his time exploring, fishing, hunting and trapping along the Chenango River and surrounding hills of Smith Valley. His childhood exploration of this area, particularly its Devonian fossil beds, led Bud to his professional career in invertebrate paleontology and the sciences in general. He graduated from Hamilton High School and continued his education at Colgate, Wisconsin, and Columbia universities, obtaining his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in paleontology.

After teaching briefly at Antioch College in 1969, he took a professorship at the University of Pittsburgh. That same year, Bud and Jude adopted their only child, Steve, for which he is forever grateful.

During his 32 years at Pitt, he prolifically taught undergraduate and graduate courses, advising fifty-plus Master's and Ph.D. students, and was the inaugural Tina and David Bellet Teaching Excellence Award recipient in 1999. He also taught geology in the Fall 1982 Semester at Sea voyage and multiple seasons at the Pitt Honors College Greater Yellowstone Ecology Summer Field School.

His research interests were diverse and included invertebrate paleontology, stratigraphy, costal geology, paleoecology and geoarchaeology. He co-authored approximately 130 papers in his career.

Bud was a research associate at the Carnegie and American Museums of Natural History. He was the undergraduate advisor for the Geology and Planetary Sciences Department, and briefly the Chairman of that Department before retiring in 2002 as a Professor Emeritus, helping start the Environmental Sciences major there.

After leaving Pittsburgh, Bud and Jude split their time between the NY house he was born in and the Nature Coast of Florida. He never stopped pursuing his passions, continuing to collaborate with colleagues, writing poetry, short stories and investigating his family's history extensively.

His curiosity and pursuit of anything that interested him never abated. Bud is described by colleagues as "a wonderfully enthusiastic, good-natured and kind man", "touched hundreds of lives in a positive way" and "a much loved and inspirational teacher, advisor, and mentor.”