The University of North Carolina Herbarium (NCU)
has catalogued approximately a dozen vascular plant specimens and about 335
fungal specimens collected by James Doubles. NCU is cataloguing our entire
mycological collection, and as Doubles earned both his masters and doctorate
studying Myxomycetes, it is without doubt that more
specimens collected by him will be found.
In 2017-2018 NCU Volunteer Merial Goodwin
examined most of Doubles’ specimens, and annotated / re-mounted as needed. NCU’s fungal collection is available via mycoportal.org.
NY curates a few vascular plant specimens
collected by James A. Doubles, Jr.
J. A. Doubles
Class of 1935, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Image courtesy of Alumni
Records, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
James “Jim” Arthur Double, Jr. was born in
Richmond, Virginia on 9 January 1914 to James Arthur and Sarah Elizabeth
Montgomery Doubles. When he enrolled
at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in September, 1931, he
listed his hometown as Greensboro, North Carolina. He earned an A.B. in Botany in 1935 from
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, then continued at that
institution and earned M.A. in Botany in 1938 studying under Dr. William Chambers Coker. The title of
Doubles’ masters thesis
was “Myxomycetes of the Chapel Hill Area.” He continued at UNC-CH and earned his Ph.D.
in Botany in 1940 under Drs. Coker and John Nathaniel Couch. The title of his
doctoral thesis was “A taxonomic study of the Myxomycetes
of North Carolina.” 1
Labels of specimens
collected by James Arthur Doubles, Jr.
Doubles rarely signed his
we depend on recognizing his handwriting to attribute specimens to him.
Doubles taught at Birmingham
Southern College 1947 – 1960, but
spent most of his professional career in the Biology Department of Troy
University in Troy, Alabama.1
In addition to being active in many professional
organizations (Botanical Society of America, Mycological Society of America,
Association of Southeastern Biologists, and the Alabama Academy of Science),
Dr. Doubles enjoyed bridge, travel and photography.1
James Doubles died on 29 July 2001 in San Diego,
PUBLICATIONS (possibly incomplete list):
Doubles, James Arthur (1938) Myxomycetes
of the Chapel Hill area. M.A. thesis,
Botany, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Doubles, James Arthur (1940) A taxonomic study
of the Myxomycetes of North Carolina. Ph.D. thesis, Botany, University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill.
1. James A. Doubles, Jr. ’35 Yackety Yack
Dope Sheet; 1970 Alumni Directory information sheet; Permanent Alumni
Record. Alumni Records Office,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
SS no. 416-42-9234; Issue State:
Alabama. Ancestry.com. U.S., Social
Security Death Index, 1935-Current [database online]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc,
2011. Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master
File. Social Security Administration.