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March 8, 2011
News Article: ABC 13

Posted: Mar 08, 2011 6:48 PM EST

Reporter: Sarah Bloom

Martinsville, VA - He's a man known locally for founding the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville.

Professor and doctor Noel Boaz also spends time teaching in Libya, an area he recently had to evacuate because of a revolution movement.

He says he knew it was time to leave after the "Day of Rage" when he says he saw government helicopters shooting high-powered guns. Two vehicles used for his teaching and research were also stolen during the revolt.

"It was unsettling, we tried to make the best of the situation for the time we could," said Dr. Noel Boaz, who evacuated Libya. "But finally we realized the situation was getting out of hand. It was sort of escalating and time to leave."

Boaz made it home safely about a week ago, by traveling through Egypt. He says he's glad to be back in the US because of the political freedoms here. However, he says he does plan to go back, and hopes to get some much needed medical supplies to the area.