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Perot Museum remembers Edward “Rusty” Rose, III

We at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and supporter, Edward “Rusty” Rose, III. Mr. Rose died January 30 at age 74.

Rusty and wife Deedie shared a deep-seated passion for birds, dedicating much of their time and energy to their discovery and conservation. This affection and desire to educate others about ornithology led the Roses to provide a generous gift to the Perot Museum for an exhibit hall devoted to their passion. The Rose Hall of Birds opened to the public in conjunction with the new Museum’s opening in December 2012.

Dr. Anthony Fiorillo, vice president of research and collections and chief curator of the Perot Museum, fondly recalled a conversation he had with the Roses during the Museum’s construction. “When I asked Rusty and Deedie to name their favorite bird, they smiled and explained that it was the Phoebe (a small bird native to North America) – but there was more to the story. Apparently, years ago when trying to determine a name for a new family dog, a noisy Phoebe was singing in the tree above them. Right then and there, the dog’s name became ‘Phoebe’!”

Fiorillo went on to explain that, inspired by that story, a Phoebe specimen was placed at the entrance to the Rose Hall of Birds for all to enjoy.

“The Perot Museum and countless other organizations were the benefactors of the Rose family’s extreme generosity and endless curiosity,” said Colleen Walker, Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer of the Perot Museum. “Their willingness to share their lifelong love of birds through our Museum ensures Rusty’s legacy of exploring and protecting nature will endure for generations to come.”

Deedie and Rusty Rose at Night at the Museum in November 2015.
Photo: Jason Janik