|BOTANICAL ELECTRONIC NEWS|
|No. 193 May 18, firstname.lastname@example.org Victoria, B.C.|
Reed C. Rollins, the Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany Emeritus and director of the Gray Herbarium of Harvard University from 1948 to 1978, died April 28, 1998. He was 86.
Born in Lyman, Wyoming, he graduated with honors from the University of Wyoming, reached his master's degree from Washington State University and his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1941. A member of the Society of Fellows at Harvard from 1937 to 1940, he joined Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences in 1948.
Before coming to Harvard, Rollins served as associate professor of biology at Stanford University and as a geneticist for the U. S. Department of Agriculture. He worked on the Emergency Guayule Rubber Research Project for the U. S. Department of Agriculture during World War II. His research covered many areas in taxonomy and genetics but the primary focus of his work was on the mustard family, Brassicaceae. He was a member of the National Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
He leaves his wife Kathryn; a daughter, Linda White of Hingham; a son, Richard of Portland, Ore.; stepdaughters, Sydney Roby of Baltimore and Helen Roby of Toronto, Ontario; a sister, Aileen Carter of Tulsa, OK and a brother, Dr. J. P. Rollins of Phoenix, Arizona.
Contributions may be made to the Reed C. Rollins Fund for Botanical Field Work in care of the Harvard University Herbaria, 22 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138.
A memorial service will be held at the Memorial Church on Friday, May 22, at 2 p.m. Contact: Professor Donald H. Pfister, 22 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138 Phone: 617-495-2368
One of Dr. Rollins' last papers was the description of a new species of Lesquerella from central Washington discovered by Kathryn Beck and Florence Caplow (see BEN # 146):
In 1993, Dr. Rollins published a monumental work on Brassicaceae in North America:
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A lichen workshop focussing on the genus Peltigera was held at the Wells Gray Education and Research Centre in Clearwater on the weekend of April 24 to 26, 1998. The event was organized by Patrick Wiliston, a graduate student in Botany at UBC, and instructed by lichenologist, Trevor Goward. Support for the workshop was provided partially by TerraGen Diversity, Inc. Eleven lichen enthusiasts learned how to recognize and identify the Peltigeras, and became familiar with the ecology of various species. The workshop consisted of evening and morning lectures, mid-morning lab work and afternoon field trips. In the lab component of the workshop a majority of the 28 species of Peltigera known to occur in B.C. were examined. Twenty-one species were also found in the field.
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(Johnston Creek, BC). The Forest Action Network (FAN) launched a new website via satellite. Activists will bear witness to Interfor's logging operations in the Great Bear Rainforest. New images will be uploaded daily onto the Internet on
Interfor is blasting a road into pristine Johnston Creek valley, within about 100 feet of salmon bearing waterways at the valley floor. The Johnston is a major coho salmon run. It has been identified as "excellent rearing habitat" and "one of the best coho producers in the [Rivers] Inlet."
"Coho stocks are facing extinction and only 20% of BC's rain-forest valleys are still pristine. How can we allow Interfor to destroy yet another watershed?" said FAN campaigner Laura Chenoweth.
"For the first time, people around the world can witness logging operations as they happen" said computer programmer Dave Olsen from on board the MV Starlet, FAN's campaign boat at Johnston Creek.
80% of the major rainforest valleys on the west coast of Canada have already been lost to logging, and Interfor and other companies will log many of the remaining valleys within the next 5 years.