Collectors of the UNC
Information compiled by
Carol Ann McCormick,
Curator of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium.
Special thanks to Niki Wallace, Alumni Records, University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill.
Patricia Anne Whitlock
(b. 8 June 1935 )
The University of North Carolina
Herbarium has about 40 vascular plant specimens collected by Patricia Anne
Whitlock Nielsen, but as cataloging of our collection continues we will
probably find more. All specimens
curated by NCU were collected in 1959 and she used “P.A. Whitlock” on
labels. Other herbaria curating
specimens collected by Ms. Whitlock Nielsen include Carnegie Mellon Museum
of Natural History (CM), Delta State University (DSC), Georgia Southern
University (GAS), Missouri Botanical Garden (MO), Murray State University
(MUR), New York Botanical Garden (NY), University of Florida (FLAS),
University of Mississippi (MISS), and Western Carolina University
Vascular plant specimens curated by NCU
and other herbaria can be searched at sernecportal.org
Patricia Anne Whitlock was born in Stanly
County, North Carolina to Eula Vivian Melton and John U. Whitlock. She began her undergraduate education at
the University of North Carolina at Greensboro then transferred to the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to earn the degree of Bachelor
of Science in Science Teaching in 1957.
She studied soil fungi with Dr. John Nathaniel Couch and earned a MA in 1960. The title of her thesis was “Studies in
the distribution and taxonomy of some members of the Actinoplanaceae
of North Carolina.”
In 1960 Anne Whitlock married Peter Tryon
Nielsen (24 December 1933 – 11 June 2001).
Anne says, “Peter was a physics major as an
undergraduate, and was the first person allowed to go directly into the PhD
program in botany at UNC-CH without first completing a Master’s
degree. We met in one of Dr. Radford’s classes.
I was his Teaching Assistant!”2 Dr. Peter Nielsen taught Biology
at James Madison University. The Dr. Peter T. Nielsen Annual Award for Botanical
Studies at JMU was established by Anne W. Nielson in memory of her husband.1
Whitlock, ca. 1955
Photo courtesy of University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Ms. Nielsen taught biology
at Bridgewater College (Bridgewater, Virginia), James Mason University
(Harrisonburg, Virginia), and Blue Ridge Community College (Weyers Cave,
Virginia). Ms. Nielsen was a founder
of the Blue Ridge Community College Arboretum which focuses on the native
flora of the area. Though retired from
teaching biology, Ms. Nielsen is active in many community organizations,
including Climate Action Alliance of the Valley which educates citizens and
community leaders about climate change.
“I am now helping to plant and maintain a half-mile walking/prayer
path at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church.
It is planted with native trees and flora… I am compiling an on-line
photograph album of common weeds in the seedling/rosette stages, as that
recognition seems to be the major problem in garden maintenance… I’ve
discovered, as I’ve grown older, that I never learned anything that didn’t
eventually prove useful.”2
1. Nielsen award https://www.jmu.edu/scholarships/biology/nielsen-annual-award.shtml
2. Personal communication, email from
Nielson to McCormick 5 March 2018.
North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium
CB# 3280, Coker Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3280
phone: (919) 962-6931
Updated: 5 March 2018