Robert “Bob” Howard Feldman, AKA “The Old Fossil,” 72, of Billings, a teacher and fossil collector who had a subclass of crabs named after him, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at Eagle Cliff Manor.
He was born Oct. 4, 1940, to Howard C. “Bud” and Eleanor M. Feldman in Grand Forks, N.D. He had one sister. After high school, he graduated with a bachelor’s, then a master’s degree in geology at the University of Northern Colorado.
He served in the Air Force at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Neb. He married Claudia L. Daniels on March 19, 1966, in Mountain View, Mo.
Mr. Feldman taught earth science in School District 2 for 25 years. He wrote “Rock Hounds Guide to Montana” and co-wrote “Rock Hounding Montana.” He was an avid fossil collector and spent many days in the field, primarily the Pryor Mountains.
He found a brand new subclass of Cretaceous crab, which was named after him, and ammonites that are housed at the Smithsonian Institute.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Barbara Hebert of Bearcreek; sons, Thomas Feldman and David Feldman, both of Billings; two grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a sister, Susan Brewer of Redwood Falls, Minn.
At his request, no services were planned. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Donations may be made in his name to the American Heart Association.