Larry Thomas, founder and first chair of the Manhattan Chapter of NARGS, invited Art to speak to our chapter, probably in the late '80's or early '90's. He was a very forceful, animated speaker. After his visit Larry commented that hosting Art was a unique experience, as his opinions were made known on many subjects. I certainly can't recall all the speakers I have heard since joining NARGS and this chapter, but Art was quite memorable, and I have often wished I could grow Polystichum Kruckbergii. Maybe I still can, despite living on the Eastcoast.
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Art Kruckeberg (1920-2016) (Adolf Ceska) > > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------- > > Message: 1 > Date: Sat, 4 Jun 2016 03:03:35 -0700 > From: "Adolf Ceska" <ace...@telus.net> > To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> > Subject: [Alpine-l] Art Kruckeberg (1920-2016) > Message-ID: <000901d1be48$5c3b54d0$14b1fe70$@net> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii" > > > Art Kruckeberg, Emeritus Professor of Botany, died on May 25, at age 96. > Art > left a legacy as a scholar, teacher, promoter of gardening with native > plants, and conservation activist. > Art joined the Botany Department as an Assistant Professor in 1950 after > completing his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley. He grew up in California and was > imbued > with all things botanical from an early age; his family owned a publishing > house called Kruckeberg Press, which published gardening and horticultural > publications. He began grad school in 1941 at Stanford, where he spent the > previous summer as a field assistant for the famous botanical research team > of Jens Clausen, David Keck, and William Heisey (Clausen, Keck, and Heisey > rolls off the tongue of most botanists the way Tinker, Evers, and Chance > does baseball aficionados). > Due to forces beyond his control, graduate study would have to wait. After > the attack on Pearl Harbor, Art enlisted in the Navy and was recruited into > their language program, where he learned Japanese. He spent the rest of the > war years and a year of postwar occupation, translating Japanese documents > and interpreting interrogations of captured Japanese prisoners. To the very > end of his life, Art was proud of his mastery of Japanese. I had the > occasion to spend a week at a conference in Japan with Art in 1989; he > could > still speak the language AND remembered the plants he had seen there even > though it had been over 40 years since he had left Japan. > After the war, he returned to California to start grad school again, this > time at Berkeley. He completed his Ph.D. under the supervision of Herbert > Mason, with Hans Jenny and G. Ledyard Stebbins on his committee. Mason had > recently begun studying the unique flora found on serpentine soils in > California. Art's dissertation (An Experimental Inquiry into the Nature of > Endemism on Serpentine Soils) helped bring the descriptive work on > serpentine endemism into the realm of experimental science. Art maintained > a > research program on serpentine plants throughout his career, writing > several > books for both academic and lay audiences, in addition to a significant > body > of scientific publications. > Once Art's academic bona fides were well established, he increasingly > devoted his attention to public outreach through his writings, promotion of > conservation activism, and pushing for the establishment of environmental > legislation to preserve lands for their value to biodiversity. In 1972, he > led the movement to create the Washington Natural Area Preserves Act, in > 1973, he developed the first list of rare and endangered plants in > Washington, in 1976 he helped found the Washington Native Plant Society, in > 1982 he helped create the Washington Natural Heritage Program within the > Department of Natural Resources to oversee management of natural area > preserves and endangered species, and during those years also served on the > US Forest Service commission to identify parcels of federal land to > preserve > as Research Natural Areas. Art was awarded the prestigious Peter Raven > Award > for public outreach in botany by the American Society of Plant Taxonomists > in 2006. > Art leaves a living legacy in the form of the 4-acre garden he and his wife > Mareen developed over the course of 50 years in Shoreline. This is the > "type > garden" for his most widely known book "Gardening with Native Plants in the > Pacific Northwest." This book has turned on generations of gardeners to the > joy and conservation value of using our native flora in home gardens. When > the book was first published, it won the "Governor's Award" for outstanding > books published by Washington authors. The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden is now > a public garden owned by the City of Shoreline and managed by the > Kruckeberg > Botanic Garden Foundation. > Art served on my Ph.D. committee and I have a debt of gratitude for Art's > support over the years. During the last few weeks, I have been sorting > through the detritus of a career left behind in Art's last office in the > Plant Lab. With news of his passing, the many memories into the man who > influenced me so, take on additional meaning. A legion of friends, > colleagues, and many who never met him, but were influenced by his work, > will mourn his passing. > --Dick Olmstead > Gifts in honor of Art can be directed to the Kruckeberg Foundation or to > the > endowment he created in the Department of Biology for Plant Biology. Please > make checks out to the University of Washington, with "Kruckeberg > endowment" > on the memo line. Questions? Contact Lisa at <lisat...@uw.edu> or > 206.685.2185. > > > > ------------------------------ > > _______________________________________________ > Alpine-l mailing list > Alpineemail@example.com > http://mailman.science.uu.nl/mailman/listinfo/alpine-l > > > End of Alpine-l Digest, Vol 61, Issue 1 > *************************************** >
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