DeGROOT, Dudley S.

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Dudley Sargent DeGroot (1899-1970)
Dudley Sargent DeGroot (1899-1970)

DeGROOT, Dudley Sargent (1899-1970), Chicago-born athlete and avocational ornithologist who participated in basketball, football, swimming and water polo at Stanford University. DeGroot was born on November 10, 1899 in Chicago, IL, the son of Edward Burton and Sarah DeGroot. Family legend has it that the original DeGroot’s came from the Netherlands in the 17th Century.

DeGroot became a member of the Cooper Ornithological Club in 1916.

DeGroot played rugby once for the USA as a flanker in the Olympic final against France in 1924. From 1932 until the start of World War II, he was the head football coach at San Jose State College. He coached football at various other colleges (e.g. Santa Barbara State; University of Rochester) before becoming coach of the Washington Redskins in 1943. He then was Head Coach at Los Angeles Dons (1946-47), West Virginia Football (1948-49), New Mexico Football (1950-52).


In 1924, DeGroot married Stanford student, Alice Roth (1902-1993), and they had four children:

  • Dudley Edward DeGroot (1927-2012)
  • Nancy DeGroot [Dyeing]
  • Alice Ann DeGroot
  • Sally Eleanor DeGroot [Polk] (1929-2008)


In April 1927 on a collecting trip with fellow ornithologists J. R. Pemberton, H. W. Carriger and H. W. Wright, DeGroot collected a set of bald eagle eggs on Santa Rosa Island that are now in the collection of the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, Camarillo, California. DeGroot was also like a son to ornithologial collector, Chase Littlejohn.

DeGroot became a career football coach, working for San Jose State, the University of Rochester, NFL’s Washington Redskins, Los Angeles Dons, West Virginia University, and University of New Mexico.

DeGroot died in El Cajon, San Diego County, May 5, 1970.


DeGroot collected on:


BAJA CALIFORNIA ISLANDS



Island Collections~
ANACAPA ISLAND
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Anacapa Island L. G. Peyton & D. S. DeGroot WFVZ June 2, 1928 WFVZ-58941 Haematopus bachmani Eggs


SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
San Clemente Island D. S. DeGroot WFVZ April 11, 1920 WFVZ-61853 Carpodacus mexicanus Eggs
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San Clemente Island D. S. DeGroot WFVZ March 26, 1927 WFVZ-59971 Pandion haliaetus Eggs


SAN MIGUEL ISLAND
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) D. S. DeGroot ROM March 31, 1927 ROM-504348 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Eggs
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) D. S. DeGroot SBMNH March 31, 1927 SBMNH-22965 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Eggs
San Miguel Island D. S. DeGroot WFVZ March 31, 1927 WFVZ-61974 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Eggs
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San Miguel Island (Prince Island) D. S. DeGroot WFVZ March 31, 1928 WFVZ-61974 Ptychoramphus aleuticus Eggs
San Miguel Island (Prince Island) D. S. DeGroot WFVZ June 3, 1928 WFVZ-39483 Larus occidentalis Eggs
San Miguel Island D. S. DeGroot WFVZ June 3, 1928 WFVZ-58942 Haematopus bachmani Eggs


SANTA BARBARA ISLAND
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Barbara Island D. S. DeGroot WFVZ March 27, 1927 WFVZ-84352 Zonotrichia melodia Eggs
Santa Barbara Island D. S. DeGroot WFVZ March 27, 1927 WFVZ-203022 Phalacrocorax auritus Eggs


SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Cruz Island D. S. DeGroot WFVZ March 25, 1927 WFVZ-224083 Vermivora celata Eggs
Santa Cruz Island D. S. DeGroot WFVZ March 29, 1927 WFVZ-61225 Aphelocoma coerulescens Eggs
Santa Cruz Island D. S. DeGroot WFVZ March 30, 1927 WFVZ-82015 Aphelocoma coerulescens Eggs
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Santa Cruz Island D. S. DeGroot WFVZ April 4, 1932 WFVZ-58565 Aphelocoma coerulescens Eggs
Santa Cruz Island D. S. DeGroot WFVZ April 5, 1927 WFVZ-58566 Aphelocoma coerulescens Eggs
Santa Cruz Island D. S. DeGroot WFVZ April 5, 1927 WFVZ-61223 Aphelocoma coerulescens Eggs
Santa Cruz Island D. S. DeGroot WFVZ April 5, 1927 WFVZ-61224 Aphelocoma coerulescens Eggs
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Santa Cruz Island D. S. DeGroot WFVZ June 2, 1928 WFVZ-189919 Aphelocoma insularis Eggs
Santa Cruz Island Alice R. DeGroot WFVZ June 2, 1928 WFVZ-95993 Oceanodroma homochroa Eggs
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Santa Cruz Island D. S. DeGroot WFVZ April 4, 1932 WFVZ-58565 Aphelocoma coerulescens Eggs
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Santa Cruz Island D. S. DeGroot WFVZ May 3, 1932 WFVZ-69478 Aphelocoma coerulescens Eggs


SANTA ROSA ISLAND
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Santa Rosa Island D. S. DeGroot WFVZ April 2, 1920 WFVZ-218447 Carpodacus mexicanus Eggs
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Santa Rosa Island D. S. DeGroot WFVZ April 2, 1927 WFVZ-58268 Haliaetus leucocephalus Eggs
Santa Rosa Island D. S. DeGroot WFVZ April 2, 1927 WFVZ-61850 Carpodacus mexicanus Eggs
Santa Rosa Island D. S. DeGroot WFVZ April 3, 1927 WFVZ-61851 Carpodacus mexicanus Eggs
Santa Rosa Island D. S. DeGroot WFVZ April 3, 1927 WFVZ-94953 Thryomanes bewickii Eggs
Santa Rosa Island D. S. DeGroot WFVZ April 4, 1927 WFVZ-61852 Carpodacus mexicanus Eggs
Santa Rosa Island D. S. DeGroot WFVZ April 4, 1927 WFVZ-93661 Lanius ludovicianus Eggs
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Santa Rosa Island D. S. DeGroot & Alice DeGroot WFVZ March 22, 1928 WFVZ-59131 Corvus corax Eggs
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Santa Rosa Island D. S. DeGroot & Alice DeGroot WFVZ April 22, 1928 WFVZ-61091 Eremophila alpestris Eggs


BAJA CALIFORNIA ISLANDS


ISLA CEDROS
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Isla Cedros D. S. DeGroot & J. G. Tyler WFVZ April 7, 1930 WFVZ-107562 Pandion haliaetus Eggs
Isla Cedros D. S. DeGroot WFVZ April 7, 1930 WFVZ-3256 Pandion haliaetus Eggs
Isla Cedros D. S. DeGroot WFVZ April 7, 1930 WFVZ-3257 Pandion haliaetus Eggs
Isla Cedros D. S. DeGroot & J. R. Pemberton WFVZ April 7, 1930 WFVZ-3258 Pandion haliaetus Eggs
Isla Cedros D. S. DeGroot WFVZ April 7, 1930 WFVZ-59988 Pandion haliaetus Eggs
Isla Cedros D. S. DeGroot WFVZ April 7, 1930 WFVZ-59989 Pandion haliaetus Eggs
Isla Cedros D. S. DeGroot WFVZ April 7, 1930 WFVZ-59990 Pandion haliaetus Eggs


ISLAS CORONADOS
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Islas Coronados D. S. DeGroot WFVZ May 4, 1917 WFVZ-850 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Islas Coronados D. S. DeGroot WFVZ May 4, 1917 WFVZ-39543 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Islas Coronados D. S. DeGroot WFVZ May 4, 1917 WFVZ-185974 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Islas Coronados D. S. DeGroot MVZ May 4, 1917 MVZ-8353 Larus occidentalis wymani Eggs
Islas Coronados D. S. DeGroot MVZ May 4, 1917 MVZ-8354 Larus occidentalis wymani Eggs
Islas Coronados D. S. DeGroot WFVZ May 5, 1917 WFVZ-39544 Larus occidentalis Eggs
Islas Coronados D. S. DeGroot WFVZ May 5, 1917 WFVZ-39545 Larus occidentalis Eggs


ISLA GUADALUPE
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Isla Natividad D. S. DeGroot WFVZ April 6, 1930 WFVZ-59983 Pandion haliaetus Eggs
Isla Natividad D. S. DeGroot WFVZ April 6, 1930 WFVZ-59984 Pandion haliaetus Eggs
Isla Natividad D. S. DeGroot WFVZ April 6, 1930 WFVZ-59985 Pandion haliaetus Eggs
Isla Natividad D. S. DeGroot WFVZ April 6, 1930 WFVZ-59986 Pandion haliaetus Eggs
Isla Natividad D. S. DeGroot WFVZ April 6, 1930 WFVZ-59987 Pandion haliaetus Eggs
Isla Natividad D. S. DeGroot WFVZ April 6, 1930 WFVZ-61860 Pandion haliaetus Eggs


ISLAS SAN BENITO
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Islas San Benito D. S. DeGroot WFVZ April 8, 1930 WFVZ-35213 Pandion haliaetus Eggs
Islas San Benito D. S. DeGroot WFVZ April 8, 1930 WFVZ-59993 Pandion haliaetus Eggs
Islas San Benito D. S. DeGroot WFVZ April 8, 1930 WFVZ-59994 Pandion haliaetus Eggs
Islas San Benito D. S. DeGroot WFVZ April 8, 1930 WFVZ-59995 Pandion haliaetus Eggs


ISLA SAN MARTIN
ISLAND COLLECTOR INSTITUTION DATE NUMBER SPECIMEN
Isla San Martin D. S. DeGroot WFVZ April 10, 1930 WFVZ-59996 Pandion haliaetus Eggs




In the News~

June 9, 1924 [Stanford Daily]: “Alice Roth married to Dudley DeGroot in Memorial Church. Alich Roth and "Dud" DeGroot were married in the memorial Church Friday afternoon at 5:30. The couple left the campus immediately following the ceremony for a short trip to the northern part of the state. They will spend the summer at Mammoth Lake in the high Sierras and will make their home in Palo Alto next year. DeGroot will enter business in San Francisco in the fall. Mrs. DeGroot graduates at the end of the present quarter. She has been president of women students during the past year, and also been captain of the hockey and basketball teams, and was high point scorer in track. Mrs. DeGroot has been a member of Women's Council, Student Executive Committee, and Cap and Gown. She belongs to Gamma Phi Beta. DeGroot returned to the campus Thursday morning from France. He was football captain 1923, student manager, and member of the swimming team. DeGroot belongs to Phi Beta Kappa, Skull and Snakes, and Sigma Nu.”


May 7, 1970 [NYT]: “EL CAJON, Calif., May 6 (AP)—Dr. Dudley S. DeGroot, a former rugby and football star and National Football League coach, died yesterday at his home here. He was 70 years old. Dr. DeGroot gained prominence in the early 1920's in foot ball at Stanford University where he played center and captained the team. In 1924, he was a member of the United States Olympic rugby team that won a gold medal In Paris. Later, he took various coach ing jobs at Santa Barbara State College, Menlo Junior College and San Jose State in California. By 1940 he earned the head football coaching job at the University of Rochester, where he stayed three years. In 1944 he became head coach of the Washington Red skins. He had been retired for several years, most recently heading the special services activities of the United States Army in Europe. He is survived by his widow, Ann, two sons and three daughters.”