The University of North Carolina Herbarium has
cataloged approximately a dozen specimens collected by or annotated by
Elizabeth Kathleen Goldie-Smith, who usually signed her labels as
“E.K.G.S.” The University of North
Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) fungal collection is being cataloged
into the searchable on-line database, www.mycoportal.org As we continue
to catalog our fungi it is probable that more specimens studied by Dr.
Goldie-Smith will be found.
Elizabeth Kathleen Goldie-Smith (front row, right, in beige top)
at a meeting of the Balfour-Browne Club in Leicester, United Kingdom, in
Photograph courtesy of Dr. Garth Foster (far left, pink top), Balfour-Browne
Elizabeth Kathleen Goldie-Smith earned her masters degree from the University of London in 1948, and
her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1953.
The title of her doctoral thesis was “Studies in the Plasmodiophoraceae,”
and her thesis advisor was Dr. John Nathaniel Couch. She named Sorodiscus cokeri Goldie-Sm. in honor of Dr. William
Chambers Coker, also in the
Botany Department in Chapel Hill.
In 1958 Dr. Goldie-Smith was a Technical
Assistant in the Subdepartment of Quaternary
Research of the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Dr. Goldie-Smith was an active member of the
Balfour-Browne Club, a group devoted to the study of water beetles. “She was an active member of the Club in
the 1980’s, when she attended the meeting in Leicester and helped to organise [sic] the meeting the following year in
Rye. Kathleen did a lot of work at the
nature reserve in Rye and published an illustrated booklet Life in Castle Water. Latterly, she
became more interested in flies, particularly Dixidae,
and worked as the national recorder for this group…Local
material in her collections have been given to the warden of the Rye
nature reserve, but Dr. Henry Disney, of Cambridge Museum, has been given
most of her entomological material.”3
“Miss Kathleen Goldie-smith has taken over
from Dr. Henry Disney the organization of the mapping scheme [of Dixidae flies], with Henry to advise, and she will refer
all “tricky identifications” to him!
She will be pleased to receive records and specimens, especially
living larvae which can be bred through, of any age; for identification
purposes, preserved larvae should be at least 3rd instar. For the continuation of her detailed study
of the eggs, she is particularly interested in living larvae of any species
other than Dixella autumnalis, D. aestivais and D. amphibia. They can be posted first class, overnight,
in wet plant material – not in water, and should preferably be preceded by
notification of their imminent arrival.”6 It appears that some of her work on
this subject was published posthumously in 2010.
In 1984 Dr. Goldie-Smith wrote Life in Castle Water , an illustrated guide to the
aquatic life in Rye Harbour, a 465 hectare reserve,
“recognized as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection
Area for birds under the [European Union] Birds Directive, a Special Area of
Conservation under the [European Union] Habitats Directive and a Ramsar site that takes account of its importance as a
wetland on an international scale.”4, 5
Though Dr. Goldie-Smith’s official address was
“Wrens Cottage, New England Lane, Playden, Rye,
East Sussex,” Dr. Garth Foster says, “I remember her living with her brother
in Rye in two houses named Tweedledum and Tweedledee.”2
Goldie-Smith, E. Kathleen and Julian R. Thorpe. 2010.
Eggs of British meniscus midges (Diptera: Dixidae) observed
by scanning electron microscopy. Freshwater Forum [volume?]:
Goldie-Smith, E. K. 1989. Distribution
maps for Dixidae in Great Britain and Ireland. Dipterists Digest
Goldie-Smith, E. K. 1989. Laboratory rearing and egg development in
tow species of Dixella
Entomologist’s Gazette 40:
Goldie-Smith, E. K. 1989. The eggs of Dixella aestivalis Meigen, and brief comparisons with eggs of three other
species of Dixella
(Diptera; Dixidae). Entomologist’s Monthly Magazine 125: 105-117.
Goldie-Smith, E. K. 1989. The eggs of Dixella obscura
Loew, D. attica
Pandazis and Dixa nubilipennis Curtis (Diptera: Dixidae). Dipterists Digest 3:
Goldie-Smith, E. K. 1987. Virus
infections of larval Dixidae and other Culicoidea (Diptera: Nematocera). Entomologist’s Gazette 38: 137-139.
Goldie-Smith, E. K. 1987. Asellus aquaticus
(L.), Asellus meridianus
(Racovitza) and Sphaeroma hookeri (Leach) in the Rye area. Isopoda 1: [?pages?].
Goldie-Smith, E. K. 1984. Life in Castle Water. Rye Nature
Goldie-Smith, E. K. 1956. The maintenance of stock cultures of
aquatic fungi. Journal of the Elisha
Mitchell Scientific Society 72:
Goldie-Smith, E. K. 1956. A new species of Woronina, and Sorodisus cokeri
emended. Journal of the Elisha
Mitchell Scientific Society
Goldie-Smith, E. K. 1954. The position of Woronina polycistis in the Plasmodiophoraceae. Am. J. of Botany 41: 441-448.
Couch, J. N., E.K. Goldie-Smith and W. J. Koch. 1953.
A demonstration of gross cultural characters, sporangia, and swimming
spores in the new genus Actinoplanes. J. Tennessee Acad. Sci. 28: 178-179. [Abstract]
Goldie-Smith, E. K. 1952. The
sporangial phase of Pythium undulatum Petersen.
Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientifc Society 68: 273-292.
Goldie-Smith, E. K. 1951. A new
species of Sorodiscus
on Pythium. Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society 67: 108-121.
Goldie-Smith, E. K. 1950. Note on a
method of inducing sporangium formation in Pythium undulatum Petersen, and in
species of Saprolegnia. Transactions of the British Mycological
Society 33: 92-93.
Goldie-Smith, E. K. 1948. M.Sc.
thesis, University of London.
Goldie-Smith, E. K. 1946. Chytridium lecythii (Ingold) n.
comb. Trans. of the British
Mycological Society. 29(1-2): 68-69.
Tozzer, University of North Carolina Alumni
Records, pers. comm. 1 November 2016.
2. Garth N. Foster, Balfour-Browne
Club, pers. comm. 1 November 2016.
3. Foster, Garth N. 1996.
Obituary: Dr. Elizabeth
Kathleen Goldie-Smith. Latissimus:
Newsletter of the Balfour-Browne Club 7: 16.
4. Barry Yates, Manager, Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, pers. comm. 1 November 2016.
5. “Rye Harbour.” https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/visit/rye-harbour accessed on
3 November 2016.
6. Chandler, Peter. 1988.
Recording Scheme, page 5. http://www.online-keys.net/sciaroidea/1981_90/Chandler_1988_recoding_scheme.pdf accessed on 3 November 2016