Garth Underwood, Honorary Research Fellow of the Natural History Museum, London and an Honorary Member of the Herpetologists' League died 15 October 2002 at the age of 83. In the summer of 2002, when he was attending the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in Kansas City, Garth was interviewed by Margaret Stewart and George Martin in connection with an Historical Perspective (Stewart, 2003). That article contains a great deal of detail of Garth's life; even those who claim to have known him well will find much that is revelatory. Garth clearly enjoyed the experience and was encouraged into an unprecedented level of retrospection albeit couched in his characteristic modesty. I will therefore avoid duplication as much as possible and give my impression of Garth as revealed through knowing him over the past 30 years as a visiting researcher to the Natural History Museum, Ph.D. supervisor and friend....

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