DR. BASHFORD DEAN, who died at Battle Creek, Michigan, U.S.A., on Dec. 6, 1928, was equally eminent as an ichthyologist and as a student of medieval armour. He acquired both interests in early boyhood in circumstances which fostered them, and he continued to pursue both until the end. For several years he was the active curator of fishes in the American Museum of Natural History, New York, where he planned the public exhibition of fossil and existing fishes. For a still longer period he was curator of arms and armour in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and likewise planned the installation of the collection. In each case he largely added to the collection by the acquisitions he obtained during his numerous and extensive journeys in the Old World.