The Passing of a Great Mycologist

Basidium basidium at
Thu May 1 09:33:23 EST 1997

I am sad to report the passing of Josiah Lowe, one of this country's great

This is merely the obituary from the Syracuse _Post-Standard_, May 1,
1997. Perhaps others will post more about Joe Lowe here.

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"Josiah L. Lowe, 92, of 750 E. Brighton Ave. died Wednesday at
Community-General Hospital.

"Mr. Lowe was born in Hopewell, N.J., and lived in Syracuse since 1923.

"He was a professor at the State University of New York College of
Environmental Science and Forestry. He was an internationally recognized
expert on wood-decaying fungi. He retired from ESF in 1975 but continued
to do research.

"Mr. Lowe had three species of fungi named after him. He previously taught
botany and mycology, the branch of botany that deals with fungi.

"Mr. Lowe graduated in 1927 from ESF and and in 1938 from the University
of Michigan.

"At 70, he was recognized in a commemorative issue of the Memoirs of the
State Botanical Garden.

"In 1985, he received the Mycological Society of America's Distinguished
Mycologist Award for his research. In 1987, he received an honorary doctor
of science degree the State University of New York. Mr. Lowe was a former
president of the Mycological Society of America.

"Surviving are his daughter, Gratia Lowe of Seattle, Wash.; five brothers,
Raymond and Wilber, both of Florida, and Forrest, David and Wayne, all of
Hopewell; and several nieces and nephews.

"Memorial services are 1 p.m. Monday in the Interfaith Chapel of the
Cunningham Building, Loretto.

"There are no calling hours.

"Contributions may be made to the Lowe Graduate Scholarship Fund, in care
of the Forestry Foundation at the SUNY College of Environmental Science
and Forestry.

"Greenleaf Funeral Home has arrangements."
(David W. Fischer)
Coauthor, "Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America" and "Mushrooms of Northeastern North America"

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