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VOSS Edward Groesbeck Ph.D Edward Groesbeck Voss, 82, died at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on February 13, 2012. Dr. Voss was professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan, curator emeritus of vascular plants at the University Herbarium, and a legendary teacher at the U of M Biological Station. He was born in Delaware, Ohio, February 22, 1929, to David O. Voss and Katherine (Groesbeck) Voss. He graduated (valedictorian) from Woodward High (Toledo, Ohio) in 1946. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Science with honors from Denison University (1950), a Master's degree in Biology (1951) and a Ph.D in Botany from the University of Michigan (1954). He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science from Denison University (2003). Dr. Voss was a faculty member at the University of Michigan from 1960-1996 and at the U of M Biological Station for 35 years. Dr. Voss studied the vascular plants of the Great Lakes region: their taxonomy, identification, phytogeography, postglacial history, and status in natural environments. He was also interested in the Lepidoptera and history of biology in the Great Lakes region. He served on several international botanical nomenclature committees, was a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, and was editor of The Michigan Botanist (1962-1976). The first volume of his Michigan Flora was honored by a Resolution of the Michigan Senate; the second volume received the H.A. Gleason Award of the New York Botanical Garden. Not only was Dr. Voss an internationally renowned scientist, but also a devoted conservationist and educator. Whether his students were undergraduate, graduate students, or dedicated amateurs, he shared his passion for botany with them with an equanimity of zeal. He will be remembered for his ready wit (timely and clever puns), relevant comments in meetings delivered with an economy of words, command of every nuance of the English language, and his propensity to write "Letters to the Editor" of the Ann Arbor News that were incomparable gems. Dr. Voss spent his professional life classifying plants with great specificity into families, genera, and species. However, he more broadly defined the people he considered to be family to include those for whom he had great fondness: his students, his colleagues at the U of M Herbarium, U of M Biology Department, and the U of M Biological Station, members of the Michigan Botanical Club, Little Traverse Conservancy, and the Nature Conservancy, First Baptist Church in Ann Arbor, and Church of the Straits in Mackinaw City, Michigan. He is survived by his devoted sister, Eleanor (Elly) Hendricks (Tom) of Dayton, Ohio, and nephews, Andrew Stephen Hendricks of Tempe, Arizona, and James Edward Hendricks (grandnephew, Thomas Charles) of Dayton, Ohio. A memorial service on March 10, 2012 will be held at First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor (517 E. Washington), 12:30-1:30 p.m. A celebration of Dr. Ed Voss' life will be held at the U of M Union, Pendleton Room, (530 S. State), 2:00-4:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to The U of M Biological Station, the Nature Conservancy, Little Traverse Conservancy, First Baptist Church (Ann Arbor, MI), Church of the Straits (Mackinaw City, MI)

Published in Toledo Blade on Mar. 4, 2012
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