Turid HOLLDOBLER-FORSYTH

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HOLLDOBLER-FORSYTH, Turid (Fenzl)
Turid died peacefully in her 75th year on April 27, 2014, cared for by friends and the kind staff at Kingston General Hospital in Kingston, Ontario. She lived her life passionately engaged in the world around her and her many friends cherished her for her intelligence, humour, integrity, curiosity and strength. Predeceased by her father Wilhelm Fenzl (d. 1964); her sister Ingrid Michel (d. 2002); her beloved mother Luise Fenzl (d. 2007); and her boon companion Robbie (d. 2012). Turid is survived by her loving sister Uta Zoll and brother-in-law Wolfgang Zoll of Hammelburg, Germany, and her loving brother Heiko Fenzl and sister-in-law Christl Fenzl of Oberscheinfeld, Germany. She is also fondly remembered by nieces Martina Fenzl, Annette Fenzl, Birgit Kleinboehl and Antje Arbt. A gifted scientific illustrator, photographer, artist and musician, an accomplished cook and an award-winning master gardener, Turid developed an early love of nature during her childhood in the Bavarian countryside, near her birthplace of Würzburg, Germany. There, as a young adult, she studied graphic art and design before moving to Boston, Mass. with her first husband Bert Hölldobler and specializing in insect behaviour illustration at Harvard University. Turid eventually relocated to Canada with her second husband Adrian Forsyth, where she was an enthusiastic swimmer, hiker and naturalist. The land on Opinicon Road in eastern Ontario soon became an outdoor studio for Turid, and the illustrations and photographs of the gardens she created have appeared in national magazines, wall calendars and best-selling books. With her interests in science, conservation, education and art, Turid was a special friend of the Queen's University Biological Station on Lake Opinicon, where she occasionally offered workshops on art and nature. In recent years, she was passionate about a new art form: china painting. Turid made friends wherever she lived and these communities of friends join us in mourning her loss. One of her greatest regrets was that she was unable to spend another Christmas with her family in Germany. Another was that she was not able to spend time with Willow Zuchowski, Margaret Adelman, Sarah Dowell, Karen Masters and her many other devoted friends in Monteverde, Costa Rica, her traditional winter home. Among her many neighbours on Opinicon Road are Raleigh and Lois Robertson and Frank Phelan, who also deeply grieve her loss, as do her other friends in the Elgin area. A very special expression of gratitude goes to Raleigh and Frank, who helped Turid with the practical side of country living. Friends David and Heather Bell and their sons, Nasrene MacDonald and Larry Stout, Floyd Connor, Anne and Jim Barton, Bert and Friederike Hölldobler and Adrian Forsyth all share our sorrow. Special thanks to Dr. James Cook, the team at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario, especially Dr. Sou Thain, Dr. Nazik Hammad and Sarah Martinek, and to the caring and respectful staff on Davies 4 and Connell 10 and in the KGH emergency department. Thanks also to Dr. Rolando F. Del Maestro for his counsel. Finally, thanks to Ann, Steve and Catherine Lukits, whose friendship Turid enjoyed for decades, and to longtime friend Friederike Hölldobler, who lightened the last week of Turid's life. Thanks also to Jane and Peter Good, Tracy Read and Janice McLean. Donations to Turid's memory can be made to the Queen's Land Trust, Dept. of Biology, Queen's University, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6. A Celebration of Turid's Life will be held at a later time.
Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the Scotland Funeral Home- 27 Main Street Elgin - K0G 1E0 - 613-359-5555 or at www.scotlandfuneralhome.com

Published in The Ottawa Citizen on May 3, 2014
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