Essays on William Chambers Coker, passionate botanist

Essays on William Chambers Coker, passionate botanist

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In this collection of biographical essays, Mary Coker Joslin chronicles the many contributions of William Chambers Coker (1872-1953) as a creative scientist, an infectious teacher, a practical landscape designer, an editor, and a writer whose influence continues to resonate throughout North Carolina. After leaving a successful banking career to become a botanist, Coker became the first professor of botany at the University of North Carolina and founded enduring institutions that have become his legacy, including the University Herbarium and the Chapel Hill arboretum that bears his name. He edited the Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society for forty years, during which time it became internationally known and respected. Coker left his mark across the state, as he designed and suggested plantings for at least twenty-one public school grounds in North Carolina and voluntarily helped landscape public areas in communities from Edenton to Asheville.Their tragic deaths inspired the Class of 1997, parents, and others to contribute as the senior class gift a lasting memorial in ... The project included a new southern entry into the Arboretum from the pergola to a stone courtyard, which serves as a gathering place for guided tours. ... He records the antics of his Greek professor, aquot;Bully Batsonaquot; (William Stanly Bernard): For years he was accustomed to go andanbsp;...

Title:Essays on William Chambers Coker, passionate botanist
Author: Mary Coker Joslin
Publisher:The University of North Carolina Press - 2003

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