Dr. W. Mark Whitten, Senior Biological Scientist at the University of Florida Herbarium, died April 11, 2019. Mark was an ASPT member for over 25 years.
Dr. Karl Peter Buttler (1942-2018) was a botanist, ecologist, systematist and expert in orchids. He was a member of ASPT from 1976 until his death. Colleagues at the Wetterau Society described Karl a very sympathetic, calm and active person.
Dr. Buttler studied biology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main , from 1961 to 1963 and then at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich. In 1967 he received his doctorate in Munich in the working group of Hermann Merxmüller with a dissertation on "Cytotaxonomic studies on Central and southern European Draba species". He was then employed as a scientific assistant at the Institute for Systematic Botany at the University of Munich. In later years he worked as a freelance Botanist and non-fiction author in Frankfurt am Main and Offenbach am Main.
Dr. Buttler collected numerous plants for various herbaria; 32,000 of which are at the Herbarium Senckenbergianum Frankfurt/M. (FR). He was the lead author of the updated "List of Vascular Plants in Germany", which was published in December 2018 in cooperation with the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN). Karl also helped co-author the third and fourth versions of the IUCN Red List of Ferns and Seed Plants in Hesse in 1997 and 2008.
A funeral for Dr. Karl Peter Buttler was held on 11 Jan 2019 and he was buried in the Frankfurt-Bornheim cemetery.
Colleagues are invited to a memorial celebrating the life, passion and accomplishments of Dr. Ronald L. Hartman, Emeritus Professor of Botany and former Curator of the Rocky Mountain Herbarium, on February 8, 2019 at the University of Wyoming (Berry Biological Diversity Center on Lewis & 10th St) at 5:30 pm. Ron died June 30, 2018.
Dr. Neil A. Harriman, Emeritus Professor of Biology and former Curator of the OSH Herbarium at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, died December 7, 2018.
The memorial fund in Jessica’s honor is in the process of becoming a trust account with James, Jessica’s adopted son, named as the beneficiary. Trustees include Danielle Black, Lucinda McDade, & Ingrid Jordan-Thaden. You can give at https://www.gofundme.com/jessica-m-orozco-fund-for-james?#updates
Dr. Hugh Daniel Wilson, Emeritus Professor of Biology and former Curator of the TAMU Herbarium at Texas A&M University, died November 5, 2018.
We recently learned of the death of former ASPT member and 2002 Asa Gray Awardee Natalie Uhl. She was an expert in the Palm family and member of the ASPT since 1990. A link is provided below to an obituary.