He was one of the largest contributors to marine mammal science, publishing more than 350 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and books. Early in his career, he published a book called Dolphin Doctor, a name that became synonymous with Sam himself. A large volume of his work focused on cetacean neuroscience, anatomy, and physiology. His book Mammals of the Sea, published 50 years ago, remains one of the most comprehensive textbooks on marine mammal physiology.
In 2020, a StoryFile was created of Sam, inspired by long-time friend and colleague Carolyn E. Schlundt Melka. The StoryFile serves as a living memorial that allows present and future generations to interact with Sam about his personal and professional life.
A memorial service for both Sam and his wife Jeanette will be held at the First United Methodist Church of San Diego on Friday, September 9th at 3pm PT. If you would like to receive information, please fill out the form below to be added to our email distribution list.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Marine Mammal Foundation’s Ridgway Fund, to continue Sam’s legacy in pioneering marine mammal medicine, science, and conservation.
Dr. Sam Ridgway was the founding President of the National Marine Mammal Foundation, with a mission to improve and protect life for marine mammals through science, service, and education. The Ridgway Fund will help carry on his life’s work, with a special focus on innovations in marine mammal science, medicine, and conservation. If you would like to support the Ridgway Fund, please donate here in his honor.
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