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The University of North Carolina
Herbarium
A Department of the North Carolina Botanical Garden

 
 


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

Charles Leland Rodgers
(31 May 1918- 26 October 2001)
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The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) has catalogued to date nearly 300 vascular plant specimens and 4 mycological specimens collected by C. Leland Rodgers.  As NCU's collection continues to be catalogued, it is likely that more specimens collected by him will be found.  NCU’s vascular plant specimens are cataloged at sernecportal.org ; NCU’s mycological specimens are cataloged at mycoportal.org .

Other herbaria which curate specimens collected by Charles Leland Rodgers include Appalachian State University (BOON), Arizona State University (ASU), Auburn University (AUA), Austin Peay State University (APSC), Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CM), Clemson University (CLEMS), William & Mary (WILLI), Delta State University (DSC), Duke University (DUKE), Eastern Kentucky University (EKY), Field Museum (F), Georgia Southern University (GAS), Indiana University (IND), J. F. Bell Museum of Natural History (MIN), Jewell & Arline Moss Settle Herbarium at SUNY Oneonta (SUCO), Kent State University (KE), Louisiana State University (LSU), Marshall University (MUHW), Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation (UNCC), Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (MMNS), Murray State University (MUR), New York Botanical Garden (NY), North Carolina State University (NCSC), Old Dominion University (ODU), Rutgers University (CHRB), Eastern Illinois University (EIU), Tulane University (NO), University of Arizona (ARIZ), University of Colorado (COLO), University of Florida (FLAS), University of Georgia (GA), University of Maryland (MARY), University of Memphis (MEM), University of Michigan (MICH), University of Mississippi (MISS), University of South Alabama (USAM), University of South Carolina (USCH), University of Southern Mississippi (USMS), University of the South (UOS), University of Wisconsin (WIS), Valdosta State University (VSC), and Western Carolina University (WUCH).

Charles Leland Rodgers was born to a farming family in the South Carolina community of Fork Shoals.  His parents were Alton Eugene Rodgers and Pawnee Louise Thompson Rodgers.4,6  He had a brother, Alton E. Rodgers, and two younger sisters, Virginia (Riddle) and Nellie (Mulligan).2, 4

Rodgers attended Furman University in South Carolina for his undergraduate education.  In 1938 he and fellow classmate Albert E. Radford were elected to “Hand and Torch,” an honor society “composed of those few men who have attained exceptionally high scholastic averages, and who are otherwise outstanding on the campus.  Not more than one-tenth of the graduating class may be chosen, and those who are present the best minds on campus.”3  Rodgers graduated with a B.S. from Furman University in 1939.6  He earned a Master’s degree from Duke University; the title of his thesis was “The plant communities of Table Rock, Pickens County, South Carolina.”  During World War II Rodgers served as a naval officer in New Guinea and the Philippines.2  He earned his doctorate in the Botany Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1950.  The title of his thesis was “The Umbelliferae of North Carolina and their distribution in the Southeast,” and his advisor was H. R. Totten.

C. Leland Rodgers joined the Furman University faculty in 1956, and retired from that institution in 1988.5,6 

Charles Leland Rodgers was married to Jean Rochelle Holliday Rodgers for 59 years, and they had two sons, Charles Leland Rodgers, Jr. (d. 2016) and David Rodgers, and one daughter, Rachelle [sic] Rodgers Knight.2

Throughout his career and retirement Rodgers was active in conservation efforts with the South Carolina Wildlife Department and the Nature Conservancy.  He was active in his community as well, serving on the Travelers Rest City Council, serving as a deacon of Travelers Rest First Baptist Church, and serving as a trustee of North Greenville College.2

He is buried in Woodlawn Memorial Park, and his family requested that memorials be made in his honor to the South Carolina Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.2

Grave of C. Leland and Jean Holliday Rodgers7

PUBLICATIONS:
Rodgers, C. Leland and George W. Shiflet, Jr.  1978. 
Plants of the Eastatoe.  Museum Bulletin 2.  South Carolina Museum Commission, Columbia, SC.
Snyder, John A. and C. Leland Rodgers.  1975.  GRE biology:  how to prepare for the graduate record exam in biology.  4th ed.  Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.  Hauppauge, NY.
Rodgers, C. Leland.  1975. 
Citizenry communication.  The American Biology Teacher 37(3):  183.
Rodgers, C. Leland and Nora E. Mullens.  1975.  Distribution records of vascular plants in the Carolinas.  Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society 91(1):  18-24.
Rodgers, C. Leland and Rex E. Kerstetter.  1974.  The ecosphere:  organisms, habitats, and disturbances.  Harper & Row, NY.
Rodgers, C. Leland, Nora Mullen, and George W. Shiflet, Jr.  1973.  Notes and News: 
State records for South Carolina.  Castanea 38(1):  114-116.
Rodgers, C. Leland.  1969. 
Vascular plants in Horsepasture Gorge.  Castanea 34(4):  374-394.
Mullens, Nora E. and C. Leland Rodgers.  1968. 
Plants seldom seen in upper South Carolina.  Castanea 33(3):  259-260.
Rodgers, C. Leland.  1967.  Biology.  Barron’s Educational Series, Woodbury, NY. 
Rodgers, C. Leland.  1965. 
The vegetation of Horsepasture Gorge.  Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society 81(2)  103-112.
Rodgers, C. Leland and Roy E. Shake.  1965. 
Survey of vascular plants in Bearcamp Creek Watershed.  Castanea 30(3):  149-166.
Rodgers, C. Leland.  1955. 
Vascular plants of Table Rock Mountain, South Carolina.  Castanea 20(4):  133-143.
Rodgers, C. Leland.  1950. 
The Umbelliferae of North Carolina and their distribution in the Southeast.  Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society 66(2):  195-266.
Rodgers, C. Leland.  1950.  The Umbelliferae of North Carolina and their distribution in the Southeast.  Ph.D. Thesis, Botany Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC.
Rodgers, C. Leland.  1942.  The plant communities of Table Rock, Pickens County, South Carolina.  Master’s Thesis, Duke University, Durham, NC.


SOURCES:
1.  Ancestry.com.  U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line].  Provo, UT, USA:  Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.  Original data:  Social Security Applications & Claims, 1936-2007.
2.  Dr. C. Leland Rodgers.  Obituary,  The Greenville News, Greenville, South Carolina.  October 28, 2001.  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/greenvilleonline/obituary.aspx?n=c-leland-rodgers&pid=140842582  accessed on 8 December 2017.
3.  Bonhomie, 1941.  Yearbook of Furman University.  Page 94.
4.  Year:  1930; Census Place:  Oaklawn, Greenville, South Carolina; Roll: 2200; Page:  6B; Enumeration District:  0070; FHL microfilm:  2341934.  Source Information:   Ancestry.com.  1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line].  Provo, UT, USA:  Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. 2002.  Original data:  United States of America, Bureau of the Census.  Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930.  Washington, D.C.:  National Archives & Records Administration, 1930.  T626,2,667 rolls.
5.  http://libguides.furman.edu/c.php?g=641420&p=4987092#s-lg-box-wrapper-18489367  accessed on 8 December 2017.
6.  Pers. Comm.  Email from Nicole Wallace, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Alumni Records.  8 December 2017.
7.  Find A Grave Memorial #37321607.  https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/37321607  accessed on 8 December 2017.


 

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Last Updated:  8 March 2018