by Carol Ann McCormick, October 2015
The University of North Carolina Herbarium has
catalogued 23 specimens collected by Mary Cloyd Burnley Stifler, who went by “Cloyd” and used “C. B. Stifler”
on labels. As cataloguing of our collections continues, perhaps more will be
found. Stifler collected fungi in in the 1930’s and
1940’s from various locations around Bradenton, Manatee County, Florida, from
Lake Geneva, Walworth County, Wisconsin, and from Indiana Dunes National
Lakeshore. She sent many to Dr. William Chambers Coker
and Alma Holland Beers at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill for identification or confirmation of her
Besides the University of North Carolina Herbarium
(NCU), other herbaria that curate fungal specimens collected by C. B. Stifler include:
the Ada Hayden Herbarium of Iowa State University (ISC); Field Museum
of Natural History (F); the New York Botanical Garden (NY); United States
National Fungus Collections (BPI); University Herbarium, University of
California, Berkeley (UC); University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS); the
University of Michigan Herbarium (MICH); and the University of Tennessee
Fungal Herbarium (TENN).
Cloyd Stifler was also interested in
lichens, bryophytes, and algae.
Herbaria that curate those specimens include: Duke University Herbarium (DUKE:
bryophytes); Field Museum of Natural History (F: bryophytes, lichens, algae);
Missouri Botanical Garden (MO: bryophytes); New York Botanical Garden (NY:
bryophytes); the University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS: bryophytes, lichens);
the University of Tennessee Herbarium (TENN: bryophtyes);
the University of Wisconsin-Madison Herbarium (WIS: bryophytes, lichens); and
the University Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley (UC: lichens,
According to the Women’s Who’s Who In America (1914 ), Cloyd Burnley Stifler was born in
Williamsport, Pennsylvania, on 7 November, 1876, the daughter of Sallie H. Updegraff Burnley and Charles
She attended Williamsport Dickinson Seminary then earned her Bachelor
of Arts from Goucher College (Maryland) in 1897.4 She earned a Masters
degree (A.M.) from Women’s College of Baltimore in 1899.3 She was a fellow in chemistry at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania (1897-1898), an instructor
in chemistry at Vassar College in New York (1898-1908), and a research fellow
in chemistry at Bryn Mawr College (1908-1909).1
She married Rev. James Madison Stifler on 28 July, 1909, and they had one child, Lucy,
born 29 May 1911. Cloyd
was active in the Woman’s Baptist Foreign Missionary Society of the West.1
How and when Cloyd Stifler became interested in botany is unclear.
By 1914, Cloyd, James
and Lucy Stifler had moved to 1029 Grove Street in
Stifler’s 1937 and 1941 papers on
fungi list her affiliation as “Chicago, Ill.” (1937) and “Department of
Botany, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois” (1941). In April, 1942 there is a marriage notice
of Miss Cloyd Stifler,
“daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. James Madison Stifler
of Wilmette” to John Bockover Johnson, Jr. It is not clear if this is a second
daughter, or if Lucy went by “Cloyd” like her
“Mrs. Mary Cloyd Stifler was found dead yesterday at her residence after a
neighbor had complained to police she had not heard from nor seen Mrs. Stifler for several days.
Mrs. Stifler was pronounced dead of natural
causes by [Manatee] County Coroner Frank Schaub. Mrs. Stifler, 315
16th Street West [Bradenton, Florida], was the widow of Rev. James
Madison Stifler, who died here in April 1949. The Stiflers came
here in 1942 from Evanston, Ill. [Illinois].
Mrs. Stifler taught chemistry at Vassar, and
received two chemistry fellowships to Bryn Mawr. She later studied at the University of
Chicago. She was a charter member of the
Manatee Business and Professional Women’s Club, a past president of the
Manatee County Audubon Society, and was a member of the Manatee River Garden
Club and of Hibiscus Circle. She is
survived by two step-children [sic], Mrs. John B. Johnson, Jr., Milwaukee;
and Francis M. Stifler, Devon, Pa.”2
Stifler, Cloyd Burnley (1950) The use of the
microscope in the study of mosses.
Micor-Notes V (1): 22-28.
Stifler, Cloyd Burnley (1949) Myxomycetes,
Mycetozoa, or Slime Molds . Micro-Notes IV (3): 52-65.
Stifler, Cloyd Burnley (1941) A new genus of Hypocreales. Mycologica
Stifler, Cloyd Burnley (1937) A new species of Tuberaceae for America. Mycologica
Kohler, E. P. and M. Cloyd Burnley
between unsaturated compounds and organic magnesium compounds. XIII. Derivatives of cyclohexane. American Chemical Journal 43(5): 412-417.
Kohler, E. P., G. L. Heritage, M. C. Burnley
(1910) The Friedel
and Crafts reaction with chlorides of unsaturated acids. American Chemical
Journal 44(1): 60-75.
1. Leonard, John William (editor)
(1914) Woman’s Who’s Who of
America: A Biographical Dictionary of
Contemporary Women of the United States and Canada. New York:
The American Commonwealth Company.
2. “Mrs. Stifler
Dies; Widow of Minister” St. Petersburg Times. Friday, 24 August 1956.
3. Annual Program of the Woman’s
College of Baltimore. 1901. Baltimore:
The Lord Baltimore Press. Page
4. Ninth Annual Program of the Woman’s
College of Baltimore, 1897. 1896. Baltimore:
The Friedenwald Co. Page 16.
5. Bryn Mawr
College Calendar Register of Alumnae and Former Students. 1914.
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr,
Pennsylvania. Volume VII, Part 1: 58.
Wedding Rites Held in Suburb. Chicago
Tribune April 20, 1942, page 18.