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Vicki Love, long-time herbarium researcher, dies at 90

Jan. 17, 2014

The flower of the Cardamine concatenate is one of the first plant specimens collected by Love and housed at the herbarium. (Courtesy E. Denison, Missouri Botanical Gardens. Image licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0).

The flower of the Cardamine concatenata is one of the first plant specimens collected by Love and housed at the Dunn-Palmer Herbarium. (Courtesy E. Denison, Missouri Botanical Gardens. Image licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0).

Marjorie ‘Vicki’ Love died January 13, 2014, at the age of 90. From 1963 until she retired in 1985, Love worked as a senior research technician for the Dunn-Palmer Herbarium, which is operated and maintained by the Division of Biological Sciences. Love worked closely with Dr. David Dunn, the former curator of the herbarium, and was instrumental in the identification and annotation of plant material accessioned by the herbarium. She also was the person credited with the task of moving and reorganizing the herbarium’s research material when the herbarium was moved to Tucker Hall in 1970.

Love is remembered fondly by the Division. Dr. James Carrel, Curators’ Professor Emeritus, remembers Love as “a kind, gentle person who helped many of us often with botanical identifications and preparation of herbarium sheets/specimens.” Dr. Robin Kennedy, the current curator of the Dunn-Palmer Herbarium, concurs, recalling Love as a very nice woman and a hard worker. “She typed zillions of labels for herbarium sheets, kept track of all the duplicate collections, sent those off to various herbaria in the ‘exchange’ program, identified a lot of plants, and also collected for the herbarium when she and her husband, John, traveled around the country.” Kennedy says that the herbarium houses at least 285 of the Loves’ collections over 32 years, from more than 48 different plant families.

Obituaries for Love appeared in the 16 January issues of the Columbia Daily Tribune and the Missourian. Remembrances of Love can be shared at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.

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