The University of North Carolina Herbarium has
found several dozen specimens of Pycnanthemum
that were annotated by Elizabeth Boomhour in the
1940's. As more of the collection is catalogued and databased,
no doubt more specimens that she examined will be found.
Elizabeth Gregory Boomhour
was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on 13 July 1912 to Anna Dennison Boomhour and J. Gregory Boomhour.
She graduated with an A. B. from Meredith College (Raleigh, North Carolina)
In 1932 she earned an A.M. from Cornell
University (Ithaca, New York). The title of her thesis was "A Study of
plant distribution in eastern North America from the standpoint of limited
and general range."
She returned to Meredith College as an
instructor from 1933 to 1937, and again in 1939 to 1941.
She was a graduate assistant in the Botany
Department at Duke University (Durham, North Carolina) from 1937-1938, then a
graduate fellow at the same institution from 1938 - 1939. She earned her
Ph.D. from Duke University in 1941, and her thesis was entitled "A
taxonomic study of the genus Pycnanthemum."
It for this work that she examined the Pycnanthemum
specimens at NCU.
Dr. Boomhour married
Thomas Kerr in 1942, and continued to be a financial supporter of Meredith
College until her death in 2005.