COGGESHALL, Arthur Sterry

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COGGESHALL, Arthur Sterry (1873-1958), Connecticut-born paleontologist who became director of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History from 1937 until his death in 1958. He spent three years at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and thirty years at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh before coming to Santa Barbara. He became the museum's director when former director Paul Marshall Rea departed. An active director for 21 years, “Coggie” was seldom found at his desk, but rather hands-on somewhere within the museum. After his death, V. T. VanderHoof was hired in 1959 as museum director. Coggeshall is buried in the Coggeshall Cemetery in Newport, Rhode Island.