On Thursday, April 22, 1948, Dan Thompson, one of Aldo Leopold's students, and his research assistant were driving south along U.S. Highway 51 in northern Wisconsin when the news of Leopold's death came over their car radio. Leopold was buried in the Starker family plot at the Aspen Grove Cemetery. Edward F. Ricketts died weeks after Leopold, and his funeral was held in a chapel above the ocean. After Leopold died, farmers in the area turned their properties—a total of 1,200 acres—into a management trust called the Leopold Memorial Reserve. Today, its cornerstone is the energy-efficient Leopold Legacy Center, which serves as a multipurpose facility designed for both research and education. John Steinbeck sold Ricketts' Pacific Biological Laboratories to Jack Yee, a Cannery Row landlord. The Lab was then sold to the City of Monterey, which restored the structure and occasionally opens it to the public. Leopold's memory lives on at the University of Wisconsin. Today, Leopold and Ricketts have thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of admirers.
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