About the Roy Chapman Andrews Society
The Roy Chapman Andrews Society was formed in 1999 by a group of Beloit, Wisconsin residents intent on building more awareness of one of the 20th Century’s most famous explorers. Since Roy Chapman Andrews was born and raised in Beloit, it was only fitting that such a society exist in his hometown.
The idea was first discussed by former City Manager and Attorney, Daniel T (Tom) Kelley, who had always looked for ways to promote Beloit and the treasures of this small mid-western town. After finding a group of interested persons from varied backgrounds, monthly meetings began to take place to decide how to go about bringing Andrews back into prominence. They decided to incorporate and form a society.
Unfortunately, Kelley was unable to see all his work come to fruition, since he passed away of cancer late in 1998. However, his dream continued on, and the Society has gone on to become a prominent group in Beloit. Founding Board Members included (in no particular order), Tom Kelley, Kerry Branham, Paul Rasmussen, Greg Quigley, Ann Bausum, Bette Lang, Lynnette Newton, Christine Schlichting, and Karrie Porter-Brace.
The Roy Chapman Andrews Society honors the legacy of Roy Chapman Andrews by: educating the public about Andrews’ life, work, and adventures; promoting the value of scientific exploration and discovery; emphasizing Andrews’ lifetime ties to Beloit, Wisconsin.