Retired biologist Lou Messmer, 94, is Harborite of the Year, an annual award bestowed by the Friends of the Aberdeen Museum of History.
The award goes to a person who has worked to promote and preserve the history of Aberdeen and Grays Harbor or the preservation of Aberdeen’s historic buildings.
A dinner will be held in his honor Oct. 11 at the museum on 111 Third St. Festivities start at 6 p.m. and dinner will be catered by O’Brien’s offering a choice of beef or chicken, Curator and Director Dann Sears said. The cost of the dinner has not yet be determined.
Messmer, who retired as head of the Life Sciences Department at Grays Harbor College after 33 years in 1986, is a fellow of the Washington Native Plant Society and is a past board member of the state Nature Conservancy.
He has been involved in a number of studies that inventoried the plants, geology and wildlife of the coast and the Harbor.
He and wife Ann raised six children in Bear Gulch. He celebrated his 94th birthday aboard the Lady Washington in June.