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“L” is for Lunz, George Robert, Jr.

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  “L” is for Lunz, George Robert, Jr. [1909-1969]. Museum curator, marine biologist. After graduating from the College of Charleston, Lunz joined the staff of the Charleston Museum where his work focused on invertebrates and crustaceans. In 1946 he became head of the Bears Bluff Laboratories whose work contributed significantly to the understanding of the state’s estuarine and marine environments. Among the activities at Bears Bluff were pond culture of oysters and shrimp, fisheries management, and studies of pollution biology. Lunz’s greatest contribution was his founding of the first facility in South Carolina dedicated to the study of wetlands, estuarine and marine environments. Recognition of George Robert Lunz, Jr.’s expertise led to his becoming director of the Division of Commercial Fisheries of the South Carolina Wildlife Resources Department, a position he held from 1959 until his death.

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.