Arthur Oliver Tucker

Camden, Delaware

Jun 22, 1945 – Aug 5, 2019


June 22, 1945
August 5, 2019
Camden, Delaware


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Pippin Funeral Home Obituary

Arthur was born on June 22, 1945 and passed away on Monday, August 5, 2019. He graduated from high school in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and received his B.A. from Kutztown University. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in memory of Art on Tuesday, August 13, at 12:00 p.m., at Immaculate Conception Church, 522 Main St, Marydel, MD 21649. Mass of Christian Burial at the Immaculate Conception Church at 12:00 PM on August 13, 2019. Memorial donations in memory of Art may be made to Delaware State University Foundation c/o Claude E. Phillips Herbarium, 1200 N Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901 or Online donations to: dropdown: Claude E. Phillips Herbarium).

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Lighting a candle in fond memory of Art, a beloved, longtime member of The Herb Society of America, Northern New Jersey Unit. Art would charm us with delightful, educational lectures at our Wick Garden Fundraising Herb Plant Sales. I'm informed too by a longer-term member that Art was the first intern in historic Wick Garden at Jockey Hollow, Morristown National Historic Park, which our Unit maintains to this day, now, almost fifty years. ~With great fondness and sadness, but in celebration...

I just got word that Art passed away. Although we met each other in person a few times during a conference in Atlanta we had years of back and forth communication, and quite a fun dinner after the conference. He was very dedicated to his work and was a huge resource for history and horticulture. He is the shoulder that our generation stands on.

It saddens me to learn of Art's passing. He was very dedicated to his work and was very passionate with him. The things I learned just by carrying on a conversation with him! My prayers and condolences go out to his family.

My wife and I met Art and Sherry in Linnaeus's Hammarby (Sweden) in 2016. We were impressed by Art's intellect, humour and especially his open-mindedness. We went to meet them in the US a year later and enjoyed our visit of the famous Tucker garden and spending time with the Tuckers. We will miss Art, but, we are also thankful that we got to know him in the first place! Our thoughts are with Sherry and his family.

I was a student of Dr. Tucker I loved his Mendelssohn lecture, after graduation I work with the Herbarium. Loved that man, the world has lost a treasure.

I remember meeting Arthur in first grade. We went through school together and always had good conversations. He will be missed at the next reunion.

Art was a gifted professor, colleague, and dear friend at Delaware State University. His research and publication record were unparalleled. Students loved his classes for their hands-on demonstrations with plants that engaged all their senses! He will be greatly missed. Dorene L. Petrosky, PhD, Biology Chair and Graduate Director (ret.)

Dr. Tucker was seriously one of the most impressive minds I have ever been blessed to know. He was so kind and SO smart! His sense of humor wasn't for everyone but he was HILARIOUS! He will truly be missed. I could seriously cry right now.

I was so sorry to hear of Arts passing. I have such fond memories of working with Art at DSU and of our fondue dinners with Mel and Rick. Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers. His was definitely a life well-lived. God bless