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Volume XIX, Number 4, October 2012
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TIGHT MOVE AT INBio. Ostensibly in order to be remodeled for renting out, the edifice originally built specifically for the INBio herbarium was recently (about two months ago), and somewhat hurriedly, evacuated. INB and its personnel have been relocated to the building they occupied ca. 10 years ago, back across the road, but sharing that locale with part of the entomology collection (flies). Office space has been accommodated, but it will be at least a few more months before time and space can be made to organize the hundreds of boxes of unmounted herbarium material and reshuffle the cabinets into their proper order; during the rushed move, the succession of cabinets in most aisles ended up in reverse (right to left) alphabetical disorder!
DASA TAKES ST. LOUIS BY STORM. Former INBio herbarium phenomenon Daniel Santamaría, lately working out of GH, arrived at MO on 4 September for a ca. two-month stay, courtesy of an Alwyn H. Gentry Fellowship. Daniel is concentrating on general identifications for a floristic checklist of Parque Internacional La Amistad. Midway through his visit he was joined by his wife, Harvard Ph.D. candidate Laura Lagomarsino, who will remain at MO until their joint departure on 30 October. Laura is working to finish her dissertation on the phylogeny of Campanulaceae.
SAD PASSING. We are sorry to have to report the death on 17 October of Bromeliaceae giant Harry E. Luther (1952–2012). Despite never earning a college degree, Harry managed to become an internationally recognized authority on all aspects of his chosen family. He was a mainstay at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (SEL) in Sarasota, FL, for 32 years, but resigned as of 8 February, 2010, to accept a position at the then brand-new Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. Harry passed away in Singapore, and although we are ignorant as to the cause of death, we do know that he was (or at least had been) a heavy smoker and had suffered a heart attack while still in Florida. A quick check of the TROPICOS database reveals that Harry was the author or co-author of 183 new taxon names and new combinations, all in Bromeliaceae. One of the unique characters in our field, Harry Luther will be sorely missed.