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Earth Sciences Department In Memory of Mike Getty (1964–2017)

On September 11, 2017, Mike Getty, the Museum’s Earth Sciences Chief Preparator, passed away. Getty was one of the most accomplished dinosaur hunters in the world, having conducted excavations in Africa, Madagascar and across North America. During his career, he collected dozens of new species of dinosaurs and other fossils and trained countless paleontologists in fieldwork and lab preparation. His impact on the field of paleontology will be felt for decades to come and his skill and presence dearly missed by his colleagues and friends.

Through 3/31/2018, the Museum is directing all gifts made in Mike’s memory to the Earth Sciences Department. Your donation will advance the critical work of the department where Mike worked, in particular, his passion for fieldwork and training the next generation of paleontologists to work in museums, universities, and preparation labs. You may donate in Mike’s memory in a variety of ways outlined below. Unless you prefer to give anonymously, his family will be notified that you are among those who donated in his memory.



Use this secure link: DONATE. After choosing a donation amount (between $10 and $10,000), check the box marked “In Memory of… or In Honor of.” A window will appear in which you can choose the circle next to “In Memory of” and type “Mike Getty” into the text box. Then click “ADD TO CART” and complete your donation transaction.


By Check

Make a check of any amount payable to Denver Museum of Nature & Science, with “Earth Sciences-IMO Mike Getty” in the memo field. Mail to Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Development, 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80205.



We can also accept gifts of stock, appreciated securities, or from your IRA.



Megan Fisher
Development Division
[email protected]

Ian Miller
Department of Earth Sciences
[email protected]

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