Dr. David Gillette taught vertebrate paleontology courses within the Geology Department. He was a friend and mentor. I remember him climbing on a table during a lecture, dropping to all fours, and pointing to a particular point in his back to indicate where the dinosaur’s vertebra came from. He also had a collection of bobcat skulls in the Shuler Museum of Paleontology, which I was employed to help analyze. He was hired away from SMU by the state of New Mexico to become curator of the paleontology exhibits in their new Museum of Natural History in Albuquerque.