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Diane Elyse Burgard, 1951 – 2011.  Diane was very active in the Norbeck Society.  She was a founding member and part of the executive committee.  Diane held an appreciation for the outdoors, hiking, and backpacking, which was nurtured from her early family outings spent in the Sierra Nevada. She was always willing to give friendly advice to anyone that asked. Diane will be remembered by family and friends, for her outgoing personality, wonderful smile, and great sense of humor. 


Elaine Annette Ebbert, 1953 – 2009.  Elaine was a founding member of the Norbeck Society.  She believed that our natural world is in great peril and has worked very hard to save it.  Elaine has been active in conservation groups - The Nature Conservancy, Idea Wild, and the Norbeck Society especially.  In 1991 she received her bachelors degree in biology at Black Hills State University and since then has worked primarily as a botanist, doing extensive field work throughout the Black Hills. She also co-authored a book on Black Hills fungi with her friend and Black Hills State professor Dr. Audrey Gabel.  She will be greatly missed and certainly died too early, while she was still doing important conservation work.



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Audrey Gail Coxbill Gabel, 1940 – 2011. Audrey taught biology at Black Hills State University for 18 years and continued her research on the fungi of the state after her retirement. She is the author of many scientific articles and presented papers at both national and regional meetings. She presented her last scientific talk at the April 2011 meeting of the South Dakota Academy of Science. Audrey was an avid backpacker, hiker and cross-country skier. She enjoyed nature and travel, especially long-distance hikes in foreign countries. She had a dynamic enthusiasm that entered all aspects of her life from her professional career to her personal relationships.