Howard Byron Quigley
Dr. Howard Byron Quigley, 70, a resident of Palouse, Washington, passed away on September 4, at Sacred Heart hospital in Spokane, surrounded by family, after 2 ½ years of treatment for metastatic prostate cancer.
Howard was a widely admired wildlife biologist with extensive experience and expertise in research and conservation of large animals, particularly of large cats. His career took him to Brazil to study jaguars, to the Russian Far East to study Siberian tigers, to China for early research on pandas, and to the Yellowstone-Teton region to do foundational work on the behavior of cougars and other predators. For the last dozen years, he led the jaguar conservation projects at Panthera, a global organization based in New York City that is dedicated to the conservation of wild cats and their ecosystems. He devoted himself to supporting aspiring biologists, including as thesis advisor to students in Montana, Idaho, Washington, and beyond.
Howard was born March 7, 1952, in Oakland, California to Ruth (Young) and Don Quigley. He attended public schools in Oakland and earned a B.S. in environmental studies from the University of California at Berkeley, participating in projects on bighorn sheep and black bears in the Sierra Nevada. After a Master’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Howard’s three years in Brazil studying jaguars provided the basis for his PhD from the University of Idaho, under the guidance of Maurice Hornocker and the Hornocker Wildlife Institute.
Howard is remembered by his family and colleagues for his congeniality and hospitality, his attention to the personal well-being of those around him, as well as for his sense of humor. His colleagues at Panthera remember him for his “signature good nature and humor [that] provided levity to the often solemn subject of saving wild cats” and for the “numerous devoted and talented wildlife biologists whose hearts and minds Howard guided and inspired.”
Howard is survived by his wife Molly Quigley of Palouse, daughter Allyson Quigley, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, step-children Sarelle Davis of Bozeman, Montana, and Garrett Parrish (Holli) of Palouse, brother Dan Quigley (Eric) of Oakland, sister Joyce Rucker (Keith) of Aurora, Missouri, as well as five grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and their families.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, October 15, at the Palouse Federated Church in Palouse. Kramer Funeral Home of Palouse, Washington is caring for the family. Online condolences may be left at www.kramercares.com Contributions in Howard’s memory may be made to Panthera.org for the Jaguar Program.