- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) - A memorial service will be held later this month for Larry Agenbroad, the longtime director and principal investigator at The Mammoth Site in southwestern South Dakota.

Agenbroad died Friday at a Hot Springs retirement home. He was 81. The memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. at the Hot Springs Mueller Civic Center, according to Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home.

Agenbroad served as the director and principal investigator at The Mammoth Site for nearly four decades, helping transform it from a single tusk found atop a hill into a world-class facility that is home to the highest concentration of mammoth fossils in the world. Sixty-one have been found in the area. About 100,000 people visit the site each year.

“He took a strange bone hit by a bulldozer and showed this community a vision which they adopted,” his son Finn Agenbroad, of Denver, told the Rapid City Journal (https://bit.ly/1Ei0PYi ). “And he then took that vision to create a national landmark, and then went on to create an in situ research center where scientists from all over the world come to study mammoths of the Pleistocene Era.”

Joe Muller, chief operating officer and business manager of The Mammoth Site and a longtime friend of Agenbroad’s, said the scientist “was looked up to by everybody in mammoth research throughout the world.”

“If there was a question that came up anywhere that was mammoth-related, they would contact Larry,” he said.

James Mead, who served as co-principal investigator with Agenbroad at The Mammoth Site from 1974 to the mid-1980s, said Agenbroad mentored hundreds of aspiring scientists, including him.

“When it comes to mammoths, he was really one of the top people out there,” said Mead, now a professor at East Tennessee State University.

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