published September 1, 2011

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Cattlianthe Rojo (Guar. aurantiaca x C. milleri), registered by Rod McLellan Co. in 1965.


John T. Beckner

John T. Beckner passed away on August 23, 2011 in Sarasota, Florida, where he resided in recent years. He was a long time resident of St. Petersburg and a well know explorer of Florida’s biota.

He became interested in orchids through growing a couple of plants while in grade school. His first real job after high school was in an orchid nursery. He studied agriculture and botany at the University of Florida where he earned a B.S., worked in nurseries, did plant identification, became an American Orchid Society (AOS) judge and helped establish the Orchid Conservation Committee.

He performed research at the University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS), Gainesville, FL where he managed staff activities as a botanist. He identified 2000-3000 specimens per year for the State Agricultural Extension Service.

While serving as curator of the Orchid Identification Center at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, he initiated an unequaled, ingenious system of reference filing. He had a photographic memory which enabled him to cite the location of nearly any piece of literature or plant description sought by whoever wanted it. While at Selby, he specialized in identifying plants of Florida and the Caribbean.

Harrison Fox PhD.
Venice. Florida

 


 

Genevieve Lecoufle

Genevieve Lecoufle, a scion of the celebrated French orchid families of Vacherot and Lecoufle of Boissy St. Leger passed away on July 16, 2001, at the age of 67. She was the daughter of Marcel Lecoufle whose work with the orchids of Madagascar is unsurpassed. Since 1962, Genevieve has worked with her father in the management of the family business, Orchidees Marcel Lecoufle. She was in charge of the laboratory as well as maintaining the orchid collection. Like her father, Genevieve was a prolific writer, having published several books on orchids, as well as numerous articles and reviews for various horticultural journals. Her spirit and zeal for orchids was evident to all that knew her. Even after having been diagnosed with cancer over two years ago, Genevieve continued to work at the family business almost until the day of her death. Only a few days prior to her entering the hospital for the last time, she received the director of the Musee de Paris and his botanists for a tour of the orchid collection. She is survived by her father Marcel Lecoufle, age 97, her sister Veronique, two children, and several grandchildren, as well as her cousins, Philippe and Monique Lecoufle. Donations in her memory may be made to the American Orchid Society.

Jeff Bradley
Houston, Texas

 


 

Lorraine R. McLellan

Lorraine R. McLellan passed away on July 23, 2011, at the age of 91, after a brief illness. She was the widow of Rod McLellan who founded the iconic orchid nursery The Rod McLellan Co., "Acres of Orchids" in South San Francisco, California in the early 1940's. The McLellan nursery was known throughout the world for its vast greenhouses of orchids, gardenias, stephanotis and carnations. However, it was the orchids at "Acres of Orchids" that was their name to fame. Rod, hosted the first AOS trustees meeting to be held on the west coast with Lorraine acting as his hostess. She was an active participate in the family business and traveled extensively to orchid shows and the World Orchid Conferences. Upon the death of her husband in 1974, Lorraine continued to run the family business and acted as Vice-Chairman of the Board. In 2000, the family business was sold to the Taiwan Sugar Corporation. Lorraine is survived by her daughters, Lynn and Sandra McClellan, her step-daughter Joan Taylor, and several grandchildren. Although Lorraine had not be seen in orchid circles for quite some time, she will be missed by those who knew her for her vibrant personality. Donations in her memory can be made to the American Orchid Society.

Jeff Bradley
Houston, Texas