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Legacy Members

In Honor of Our Legacy Members

Welcome to our 'Legacy Members' section, a special place where we honor those Hoosier Herp Society members who have left us, but their passion for herpetology continues to resonate. These remarkable individuals dedicated their lives to understanding, preserving, and sharing Indiana's rich herpetological heritage. In their memory, we continue to celebrate the wonders of our state's reptiles and amphibians and carry forward the torch of awareness, conservation, and admiration they passionately held high. Join us in remembering their invaluable contributions and the lasting impact they made on Indiana's herpetological scene.

Remembering Barbara Filtri
A Lifelong Advocate for Indiana’s Natural Heritage

Barbara Filtri with the Hoosier Herp Society leading Amphibian Outing at McCormick's Creek State Park in Indiana

The Hoosier Herp Society mourns the loss of Barbara Filtri, our esteemed webmaster and passionate herpetology enthusiast. Deeply committed to conserving Indiana's reptiles and amphibians, her legacy lives on in every creature she championed.

Barbara's love for herpetology extended beyond HHS, making a remarkable impact at McCormick's Creek State Park. As an active member of Friends of McCormick's Creek, her dedication fostered an increased awareness and respect for the state's natural biodiversity among countless park visitors.


Barbara's passion culminated in the annual Amphibian Outing at McCormick's Creek, an event she led with tireless dedication and enthusiasm. Her efforts significantly contributed to our understanding and appreciation of the vital role amphibians play in our ecosystem.


Barbara Filtri’s memory continues to inspire us at HHS. Her influence is a testament to her love for nature and the enduring difference one passionate individual can make. Rest in peace, dear friend. Your spirit lives on in every croak, slither, and ripple across McCormick's Creek.

Barbara Filtri with the Hoosier Herp Society leading Amphibian Outing at McCormick's Creek State Park in Indiana

Remembering Sherman A. Minton Jr.
A Stalwart of Hoosier Herpetology

Sherman Minton Jr with Hoosier Herp Society members

Sherman Anthony Minton Jr., fondly known to many as the sage of Hoosier herpetology, was more than just a revered figure in the field; he was the backbone of the Hoosier Herpetological Society (HHS) and an irreplaceable part of Indiana's herpetological heritage.


Born on February 24, 1919, Minton discovered his passion for herpetology early on. His contributions to the field spanned across several decades, etching his name in the annals of herpetology. His expertise and enthusiasm led him to join the Hoosier Herpetological Society, where his influence was monumental.

At the HHS, Minton's impact was immediate and far-reaching. He brought with him a wealth of knowledge and an unwavering commitment to advancing herpetology within the society and across Indiana. His passion was contagious, sparking interest in new members and kindling the enthusiasm of seasoned herpetologists.

Minton was an active participant in HHS activities, sharing his vast knowledge and helping the society in its mission to educate members and the public about reptiles and amphibians. His exceptional talent for distilling complex herpetological concepts into understandable language was invaluable in promoting awareness and appreciation for these often misunderstood creatures.

His dedication extended beyond the walls of HHS. Minton was a prolific writer, with over 340 scientific papers and several books to his name. His works, including the iconic 'Venomous Reptiles,' remain critical resources in herpetological literature.

Minton's commitment to herpetology did not cease even after retirement. He remained involved in the society, contributing his expertise and knowledge to its growth. His dedication to herpetology and the Hoosier Herpetological Society continued until his last breath on June 15, 1999.


Sherman Minton's legacy within the Hoosier Herpetological Society and the broader herpetological community is enduring. As we continue to navigate the fascinating world of reptiles and amphibians, we are forever grateful for the path that Minton has paved for us. His unyielding passion, remarkable knowledge, and ceaseless dedication to Hoosier herpetology continue to inspire us to delve deeper, learn more, and work harder for the creatures he so loved.

Sherman A. Minton Jr., a true Hoosier herpetologist in every sense, will always hold a special place in our society and in our hearts.

Sherman Minton Jr with Hoosier Herp Society members
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