published October 20, 2011

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Fred Bergman

Fred Bergman, 82, died August 28, 2011 in Kansas City. By profession, Fred was a chemist at the Midwest Research Institute, but his great passion in life was orchids. For nearly 60 years, Fred was an avid orchid grower and hybridizer, registering 257 crosses, primarily phalaenopsis. In his later years, he was increasingly active in hybridizing working on reds, miniature harlequins, and what he called “true miniatures,” plants with small blooms and branched spikes. He registered 60 Phal crosses in 2009. Fred’s great sense of humor is reflected in his hybrid names: Fred’s Folly, Fred’s Charmer, Fred’s Adventure, and Fred’s Hohum, being only a few of his witty registrations.

Fred was an early member of the Orchid Society of Greater Kansas City (OSGKC) which was formed in 1949. When the AOS hosted its first World Orchid Conference in St. Louis in 1954, Fred and his wife Pat Bergman, then a young honeymoon couple, were one of 600 registrants.

An Honored Lifetime Member of OSGKC, Fred received the Orchidist of the Year Award several times. He was well-known for his scientific approach to growing orchids, and shared his knowledge with society members as chair of the monthly beginner’s group meetings.

Fred wrote many articles for publication, including the AOS Orchids magazine, the International Phaleanopsis Association’s journal, Orchid Digest, and Phalaenopsis Fancier. His article, “Sowing Orchid Seeds, An Easy Approach to New Rewards,” (Orchids magazine, July 2006) has inspired many orchid growers to try hybridizing for the first time.

Survivors include his wife, Pat, of 56 years, children: Laura Bergman, Cindy Phipps, and John Bergman, and 3grandchildren, and a sister: Gayle Bergman.

Robert J. Gordon

Robert (Bob) Joseph Gordon, 82, died Friday, Sept. 2, 2011 in Laguna Hills, Calif. after a brief illness.

Bob was born Feb. 14, 1929, in Lawrence to John and Hilda Gordon. His father died when he was young, so he started working to help support the family, first in a garage, then as a roofer. He graduated from Johnson High School in North Andover.

He enlisted in the Air Force in 1948, serving as an aircraft mechanic. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1954, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1980. He also acquired a BA from Chapman University in 1973. After retirement, his passion became phalaenopsis orchids. He became an authority on growing them, writing five books and touring the U.S., Canada, England, and Australia on speaking tours for twenty years.

He was an active adult Boy Scouter in the 70s, and more recently, a dedicated member on the board of trustees of the Laguna Country United Methodist Church in Laguna Woods, Calif.

Bob is survived by his wife of 11 years, Alice; his daughter, Kathy Brubeck (Rick) of Corona, Calif.; his son, Rob (Ilona) of San Antonio; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sister, Jean Winning of North Andover; brother, Jack of Vero Beach, Fla.; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Alice's family also includes two sons, three granddaughters, and four great-grandchildren. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy (King) and wife Faye (Hadsell).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research or the American Orchid Society.

Father Angelo Andreetta

Father Angelo Andreetta died on September 13. He was born in Castions of Zoppola (PN), Friuli Italy in 1920.

The Salesian priest, Father Angel Andreetta arrived in Ecuador in 1950 as a missionary. Initially settled in the province of Morona Santiago Bomboiza. Thanks to his mission was able to make many trips in various locations Ecuadorian, was impressed by the great biological diversity, in particular the large number of orchids. During his travels he photographically documented and collected some plants unknown to science. His collection of orchids in the company began in Bomboiza Yumancay de Paute, Province of Azuay.

Working with various flora for the purpose of recording and describing species, Andreetta shared his knowledge with many local and foreign enthusiasts, emphasizing the importance of saving and preservation of this rich natural environment. His collection was donated to and is maintained by Ecuagenera.

Father Andretta was not only a scholar and enthusiast of Orchidacea, but alsohe dedicated his life to serving the poor young people for the sole purpose of giving them a better standard of living.

Bayne Hawkins

Bayne Hawkins passed away on September 28. He was 90. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Kathleen P. "Kitty" Hawkins. He is survived by a son, R. Bruce Hawkins (Joanne), a daughter Janet Watts (Ray Keohane); grandchildren, Robert Allen Watts, III (Lindsey), Kathleen Virginia Watts, Brie Plott (Sam), Matt Keohane; great grandchildren, Jackson and Brynley Plott. Bayne retired from the Virginia Funeral Directors Association, where he served as Executive Secretary for over 23 years. He was a past President of the Virginia Orchid Society and a founding member of the Richmond Orchid Alliance. Bayne was a WWII veteran serving in Europe, where he received a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Silver Star for courage and wounds received in combat during the Italian Campaign. Bayne also served as editor of EASY NEWS, 337th Infantry Regiment, 85th Division. He maintained contact with all his fellow veterans and their families.