The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Herbarium has only a few specimens collected by Joseph H. Pyron.
Most of the collections made by McVaugh and Pyron from the granite flatrocks
in Georgia are held by the University of Georgia Herbarium (GA). Pyron attended the University of Georgia in Athens,
earning an A.B. degree in 1928 and a M.S. in 1931.
A remembrance of
Joseph H. Pyron by his colleague, Rogers McVaugh
Informal interview conducted August,
2005, by Carol Ann McCormick:
Joe Pyron was an ‘ole boy from south Georgia who
was an instructor, just a few years older than me, at the University of
Georgia. When we decided to do a flora of Georgia, he had a car, and we
traveled a good many miles in it. He was rather fat, and had a difficult time
climbing around all the steep places and rocks, but he stuck with it.
His mother [Martha “Mattie” Raines Hicks Pyron2]
lived in Reynolds, near Fort Valley, in a large house with a pond. I remember
one morning for breakfast we wanted fish, so they opened the gate in the pond
dam, and just waited for the fish to come through. That was mighty good –
fresh fish for breakfast.
His Aunt Kate, sister of his mother, was some
sort of administrator at University of Georgia.
Joe was working on his Ph.D. at Duke, but never
finished. I don’t know why.
Joe was a wonderful illustrator – he never had
any formal training in it that I know of – but he was very talented. I did
the text for the Ferns of Georgia [published in 1951 by the
University of Georgia Press], and Joe did the illustrations, and they are
I don’t know why he left the University of
Georgia, but after that he was very involved the American Camellia Society.
Mr. Pyron was enlisted
in the United States Army from 4 December 1942 until 3 October 1945.3 His last residence was in Marshallville,
Macon County, Georgia, and he died in May, 1987.1
Pyron, Joseph Hicks (1931) Georgia Violets. M.S. Thesis, University of Georgia, Athens,
McVaugh, R. and Joseph H. Pyron
(1937). The distribution of Amphianthus in
Georgia. Castanea 2: 104-105.
Pyron, Joseph H. and Wilbur H. Duncan (1939) Vittaria lineata
from Lincoln County, Georgia. American Fern Journal 29(4): 142-145.
McVaugh, R. (1951) Ferns of Georgia. Univ. of Georgia Press,
Athens. Illus. by Joseph H. Pyron.
1. Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Death Index,
1935-2014 [database on-line]. Provo,
UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc.,
2015. Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master
File. Social Security Administration.
2. Payne Family Tree “Joseph Hicks Pyron” accessed on 19 March 2019.
3. Ancestry.com. U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS
Death File, 1850-2010 [database on-line].
Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com
Operations, Inc., 2011. Original
data: Beneficiary Identification
Records Locator Subsystem (BIRLS) Death File.
Washington, D.C., U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.