CYNTHIA “CINDY” KLEPADLO, long-time collection manger and volunteer in the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) Marine Vertebrate Collection, passed away unexpectedly at her home in Vista, California, shortly before her 75th birthday.

Cindy was born in Chicago on May 26, 1945, and spent much of her elementary school years there. She lived in Los Angeles for her high school years; her family then moved to Santa Ana and she attended Santa Ana Community College (SACC), where she met her life-long partner, Paul Merritt. They were together over 50 years. Cindy graduated from SACC and was selected as the college's “Woman of the Year.” They moved to Long Beach where she attended California State University, Long Beach, receiving both BS (1974) and MA degrees (1983). From 1981 to 1988, she was a Lecturer in the Departments of Computer Science...

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