SUNY Potsdam professor receives Leon LeBeau SOARing Educator Award
Dr. Roy Horst, 2017 Leon LeBeau SOARing Educator Award recipient. Photo by Jim Barry.
POTSDAM – SOAR, a Lifelong Learning Group in the North Country, presented its 2017 Leon LeBeau SOARing Educator Award to SUNY Potsdam Professor Emeritus of Biology Dr. Roy Horst.SOAR members and friends came together recently to acknowledge the excellence in teaching of one of many outstanding presenters who contribute significantly to the organization each semester.
Horst has taught SOAR classes on domesticated and wild dogs and cats, wildlife in the North Country (including birds, beetles, and butterflies), and his specialty, bats.
Horst is a world-renowned bat expert who has travelled far and wide to study these fascinating creatures. He is the founder of the North American Society on Bat Research. Horst was the oldest of eight children who grew up on a subsistence farm who left school after eighth grade to help out on the farm and eventually earned his GED. He worked his way through Wagner College and graduated with a dual major in biology and philosophy. He completed his graduate studies at Cornell University, receiving his PhD in 1967.
“Roy learned that education comes from many places, that there are many ways to learn, special people to learn from, and that education never stops,” said SOAR Awards Committee Chair Betty Graham.