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Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation


In Memoriam: Gilbert S. Daniels (1927–2020) and Frederick H. Utech (1943–2021)

17 February 2021

The Institute is deeply saddened to report the loss of Gilbert S. Daniels and Frederick H. Utech.

Daniels was our assistant director (1967–1970) and director (1970–1977), overseeing our transition from Hunt Botanical Library to Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation until he retired in 1977.

Utech joined us in 1999 as a principal research scientist working on the Flora of North America (FNA) project until his retirement in 2011. During that time he contributed to FNA volumes 5, 6 and 26. Prior to that he had been associate curator and curator of the Section of Botany at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh (1976–1999).

After retiring, both Daniels and Utech remained adjunct research scientists at the Institute.

More information will be available in the spring issue of our Bulletin.

About the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, a research division of Carnegie Mellon University, specializes in the history of botany and all aspects of plant science and serves the international scientific community through research and documentation. To this end, the Institute acquires and maintains authoritative collections of books, plant images, manuscripts, portraits and data files, and provides publications and other modes of information service. The Institute meets the reference needs of botanists, biologists, historians, conservationists, librarians, bibliographers and the public at large, especially those concerned with any aspect of the North American flora.

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