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Collectors of the UNC Herbarium
Information compiled by Carol Ann McCormick,
Curator of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium
with assistance from
Meredith Tozzer, Alumni Records, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Wade Swann Neely
(28 November 1892 –  18 August 1940)

The University of North Carolina Herbarium has catalogued to date a handful of vascular plant specimens and over one hundred fungal specimens collected by Wade Swann Neely, who usually signed his specimen labels as simply “Neely.”  He commonly collected with professors W. C. Coker and H. R. Totten as well as with classmate Norman Reasoner.

Neely collected vascular plants in the Chapel Hill, Orange County, North Carolina area.  As NCU's vascular plant collection continues to be catalogued, it is probable that more specimens collected by him will be found. 

Neely’s fungal specimens were also from Orange County, North Carolina, and his most common co-collectors were W. C. Coker, H. R. Totten and Norman Reasoner.  While Neely’s earliest fungal collections date from 1915 the vast majority date from the summer of 1917. The macrofungi in NCU’s holdings, including those collected by Mr. Neely, are being cataloged as part of the Macrofungal Collection Consortium project. 


Wade Swann Neely was the eldest of seven sons born to Mary “Mamie” (McKnight) (1869-1960) and Samuel Milton Neely (1869-1945).  He was a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but joined the United States Army in 1917 before earning a degree  and instead became a career soldier. His brother, Guy L. Neely graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1920.

Wade Neely “was connected with the divisional headquarters of the 81st Division.  After serving overseas with this division until the Armistice, he was transferred to the army of occupation at Coblenz, Germany, where he served as Secretary to General Johnson.”1  Neely married German national Eleanor Bertram (1896-1971) on 23 May 1922. 2

They returned to the United States in 1923, and Neely was stationed at Fort Screvens, Georgia until 1936, then transferred to Honolulu, Hawaii.  At the time of his death, at age 47, he had attained the rank of Master Sergeant.  He died in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and is buried in Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church cemetery in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. 

Photograph by Susan I. Gillis
Find A Grave Memorial #91650608



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1.      Neely, Wade Swan.  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Alumni Records.

2.      Find a Grave Memorial # 91650608    accessed on 21 November 2013.




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Last Updated:  2 April 2018