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From: plantnut at macconnect.com (Dewey) on 2000.01.18 at 16:08:24(4004)|
It is with deep regret that tell you about the passing of an Icon. Dr.
Monroe Birdsey died this last week-end. He passed in his sleep due to
Cardiac Arrest. He had not been feeling too well for the last few weeks
but would not go to the Hospital as he was advised. This was true to his
Dr. Birdsey did his Undergraduate work at the University of Miami, his
Masters at Columbia and received his Doctoral at the University of
California, Berkeley. His Thesis on Syngonium, though unpublished, was
considered the definitive work at the time.
He was noted for his humor. He was a master Punsman. His command of the
language was more than exceptional. With this command, he shared his years
of accumulated knowledge by speaking engagements all over Florida and with
individuals with which he came in contact.
He was also a world traveler. At least a couple times a year he would
leave for a trip to some exotic location. Sometimes to a major world
capitol and sometimes to a very dense jungle from where he brought back
many plants that are now in common cultivation in Florida.
Monroe was one of the most generous Collectors that I have ever known.
Anyone visiting his marvelous acre in South Miami always left with an arm
loads of cuttings and plants. He also had one of the largest private Cycad
collections in the world.
Monroe is survived by three sons who have gathered in Miami. There will be
a Memorial Service in the garden that he developed over the past half a
Again, this is a great personal loss and certainly a loss to the Aroid
Dewey E. Fisk, Plant Nut|
THE PHILODENDRON PHREAQUE
Your Source for Tropical Araceae
From: "Peter Boyce" p.boyce at rbgkew.org.uk> on 2000.01.18 at 23:34:10(4005)|
Great sadness but wonderfully written. I only met Monroe once, but
will always remember the day, clambering around his 'patch' with
Tom in the sort of rainstorm only Florida can produce in late
summer. It was a great day with great people and great plants.
He'll be missed.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Tel. (+44) (0)20 8 332 5207
fax. (+44) (0)20 8 332 5278
email: firstname.lastname@example.org (work)
From: hermine hermine at endangeredspecies.com> on 2000.01.20 at 04:21:07(4007)|
At 08:08 AM 01/18/2000 , Dewey wrote:
>It is with deep regret that tell you about the passing of an Icon. Dr.
>Monroe Birdsey died this last week-end. He passed in his sleep due to
>Cardiac Arrest. He had not been feeling too well for the last few weeks
>but would not go to the Hospital as he was advised. This was true to his
i am so grateful i had the chance to meet him! He was a great fella and|
yes, most generous, and a jolly sort! his children palms are standing over
my head now, grown from his seed. I guess he was one of the three people
who were so NICE to me when i phoned them out of the blue, some 25 years
ago, and said, hello, i am a perfect stranger living in Boston and growing
rare palms under fluorescent lights...and....he treated me like an old
friend and immediately sent off a care package of seeds. I found him in the
membership list of the Palm Society.
i am sure the number of folks who knew him up close and person will be
SIMPLY ENORMOUS. he is a great loss, and a swell guy. i am glad he went easy.
he really MATTERED.
From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2000.01.20 at 05:31:39(4009)|
Thanks for letting us all know of the passing of this great man, our friend
Every word you wrote about Monroe was true, especially about his generosity
in sharing his knowledge and plant specimens, a trait often hidden by his
'put on' crusty exterior which hid his heart of gold.
He shall be terribly missed, and I will find myself wondering why he no
longer calls just to chat or discuss a plant issue as he did from time to
From: TimothyA7 at aol.com on 2000.01.20 at 05:31:59(4010)|
I will miss him. He was my friend.
From: DeniBown at aol.com on 2000.02.07 at 15:14:14(4069)|
When your message arrived I had just left the office and the UK behind for a
couple of weeks and have only just returned to read the sad news about Monroe
I only met Monroe once, when I was researching and photographing Aroids -|
Plants of the Arum Family - in 1984 I think it would be. He very kindly
allowed me to visit his wonderful collection and I remember being almost as
fascinated by his puns as his plants. I also remember being pretty nervous
as I had been forewarned about the likelihood of a ticking off if he didn't
take to me, or if I stepped out of line! In fact he was perfectly charming
and I enjoyed every minute of the visit and only wished I could spend longer
and get to know him better.
But the continuing debt I owe to Monroe is his book The Cultivated Aroids.
It was already out of print when I first became interested in aroids in the
1970s but fortunately RBG Kew had a copy and I arranged for a photocopy of
every page. (I never did find a copy so I still consult my photocopies to
this day.) Monroe's book, together with Cecil Prime's Lords and Ladies were
the only books I could find on this amazing family of plants, which started
me on the track that led to Aroids - Plants of the Arum Family.
So Monroe's work really was an inspiration and is something I shall always
With kind regards,
From: MJ Hatfield oneota at ames.net> on 2000.02.13 at 01:26:36(4095)|
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