Mr Russell Tonzi, owner of the ranch where the Berkeley Biometeorology lab has conducted research since 2001, passed away recently, Oct 2, 2014. He was 101 years old. Born and raised on the ranch, he was active until the end. In his 90s he was still mending fence. And he was a constant companion to all the scientists, students and postdocs visiting the ranch while collecting data. I was proud to inform his family that his support of our research fostered the production of 8 PhD dissertations and numerous research papers. He will be missed, but not forgotten. We remember him as a generous, kind and curious citizen.
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