Obituary written by Rob Bray, son
of Rebecca Deramus Bray:
Surrounded by family, Dr. Rebecca Deramus
Bray peacefully passed away on January 21, 2018. Rebecca was born to the late Harvey T.
& Garnet M. Deramus on May 23, 1939 in
Birmingham, Alabama. Rebecca grew up
in the Forest Park neighborhood of Birmingham and graduated from Brook Hill
High School. She graduated from the
University of Alabama with a doctorate in Botany where she was a member of
many academic and social organizations.
Dr. Bray retired as a member of the
Biological Sciences Department faculty at Old Dominion University in Norfolk,
Virginia and as the curator and manager of the ODU herbarium in 2015. She was an accomplished botanist with research
resulting in many publications during her career. Dr. Bray was a beloved professor known for
“offering welcome advice or swift kicks, whichever the situation demanded,”
to the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students she guided &
mentored. Additionally, she served the
academic community through leadership and participation in many academic
organizations including the Virginia Academy of Science, Botany Section, and
Flora of Virginia Advisory Board and through donation of herbarium specimens
to the University of North Carolina and others during her career.
Rebecca was a member of numerous civic
& community organizations and volunteered thousands of hours of service
to many organizations, including Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, the Feldman
Chamber Music Society, and was inducted into the Kappa Delta Sorority White
Rebecca was the beloved wife of the late
Robert N. Bray of Chesapeake, Virginia and sister of the late Dorothy D. Boyd
(Frank) of Mountain Brook, Alabama.
She is survived by her child, Robert D. Bray (Lori) and her
grandchildren, Robert T. Bray and W. Alexander Bray, all of Hillsborough,
North Carolina, Rusty Boyd (Gina) and Beff Boyd
King (Duane) both of Birmingham, Alabama, as well as several other loving
… In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made in memory of Dr. Rebecca D. Bray to the Flora of Virginia Project (http://floraofvirginia.org/
Alarid, Khalid M., Rebecca D. Bray and Lytton J. Musselman. Microspore wall morphogenesis of Isoetes (Isoetaceae)
ASB presentation, April, 2005. (Abstract in SOUTHEASTERN BIOLOGY, Vol. 52
(2):100. April, 2005.
Heafner, K.D. and R. D. Bray. Introgression and Speciation
in North American Isoetes: Evidence for
the Matthews and Murdy Hypothesis. ASB
presentation, April, 2004. (Abstract in SOUTHEASTERN BIOLOGY, Vol. 51 (2):
133. April, 2004.
Bray, R. D. Quillwort Update. Chinquapin
9(2): 12. 2001.
Musselman, L.J., W. Carl Taylor and Rebecca D. Bray. Isoetes mattaponica
(Isoetaceae), a New Diploid Quillwort from
Freshwater Tidal Marshes of Virginia. Novon 11:
Heafner, Kerry D. & R. D. Bray. Distribution of Isoetes virginica
in Virginia. Noteworthy Collections, Castanea
65(1): 83-84. March, 2000.
Bray, Rebecca D. Colonial Quillwort: A new
species of Isoetes from York County,
Virginia. ASB Bulletin, 46(2). 1999.
Heafner, K.D, R. D. Bray and L. J. Musselman.
Review of Southeastern Quillworts, AIBS Quillwort Symposium (Invited); Montreal,
Canada. August, 1997.
Bray, D.A.Knepper. Isoetes
x carltaylorii (Isoetes
acadiensis X Isoetes
new interspecific quillwort hybrid from the Chesapeake Bay. Canadian Journal
of Botany 75(2). 1997.
Russell, Cameron L. & Rebecca D. Bray.
A comparative study of Isoetes boomii and I. georgiana.
ASB Bulletin, Vol. 44(2). 1997.
Bray, Rebecca D. & Lytton J. Musselman. Autopolyploidy in
southeastern quillworts. ASB Bulletin, 43(2). 1997.
Musselman L.J., Rebecca D. Bray & David A. Knepper. Isoetes x bruntonii
X Isoetes hyemalis)
a new hybrid quillwort from Virginia. American Fern Journal 86(1): 8-15.
Bray, Rebecca D. & Lytton J. Musselman. Tetraploid quillworts of Virginia's Coastal
Plain & their hybrids. ASB Bulletin, 43(2). 1996.
Lytton J. Musselman,
David A. Knepper, Rebecca D. Bray, Cynthia A. Caplen
& Charles Ballou. A new hybrid from Virginia. Castanea
603: 245-254. Sept. 1995.
Musselman, L.J. , D. A. Knepper,
Rebecca D. Bray, Cynthia A. Caplan & Charles Ballou. Two new Isoetes hybrids from Virginia. ASB Bulletin,
Caplen, Cynthia A. Rebecca D. Bray, Lytton Musselman, & David Knepper. An unusual Isoetes from the Shenandoah Valley--A glacial
relict? ASB Bulletin, 42(2). 1995.
Bray, R.D., Cynthia A. Caplen
& Surbala Chaudhury.
Cytological studies on southeastern quillworts (Isoetes).
ASB Bulletin, 42(2). 1995.
Knepper, D.A., Rebecca D. Bray, Surbala Chaudhary, Cynthia Caplen
& Lytton J. Musselman. Battle at Passage
vs. I. tuckermanii. ASB Bulletin, 41(2),