Liriodendron tulipifera flower

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Weakley's Flora



Collectors of the UNC Herbarium

Harold Norman Moldenke
(1909 - 7 January 1996)

Information compiled by Carol Ann McCormick,
Assistant Curator of the University of North Carolina Herbarium.

The University of North Carolina Herbarium (NCU) has few specimens collected by H. N. Moldenke, but many specimens that were annotated by him.

Alma Lance Ericson Moldenke (1908 - 1997) was his wife and botanical partner.

Anonymous (1996) Obituaries: Harold Norman Moldenke 1909-1996. Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club 123(3): 258.

Dr. Harold Moldenke, 84, well-known plant systematist and journal editor, and member of the Torrey Botanical Club all his adult life (since 1929), died January 7, 1996 in Corvallis, Oregon, where he had lived since 1985. He was born in Watchung, NJ, in 1909. His undergraduate degree was from Susquehanna Uiversity, PA, in 1929, and his Ph.D. in taxonomic botany was from Columbia University in 1934. In 1942 he married his partner in life and in botanical activity, Alma Lance Ericson.

Dr. Moldenke founded the botanical journal Phytologia in 1933, and his wife was later to join him as co-editor of that journal. Dr. Moldenke and Alma Moldenke published the books Plants of the Bible and American Wild Flowers, the latter on e of the first books to have color photographs of wildflowers. After a tripartite career that included a time as a curator at the New York Botanical Garden, a time as director of the Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside, NJ, and a time as a professor of Biology at William Patterson State College, Dr. Moldenke retired in 1972. However he hardly diminished his activity in plant systematics, conservation, and editorial work until very late in life when illness forced him to limit his acivities. He and Alma Moldenke continued to edit Phytologia until 1989, when a new editor succeeded them. Alma Moldenke continues as an active member of the Torrey Botanical Club after the death of her husband, a Life Member of the Club.

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