In memoriam

periodiCALS, Vol. 7, Issue 2, 2017

The CALS community remembers with gratitude faculty members who recently passed away. 

Marvin Israel Adleman (b. 1933)
Professor emeritus of landscape architecture 

Adleman is renowned for numerous designs, including the original Ithaca Commons in 1974. He built the landscape architecture program and headed the department for most of his 36 years with CALS. In addition to the Commons and other notable projects, Adleman designed the Cornell Botanic Gardens arboretum, recently named the top university arboretum in the country. He was also a fellow at the American Society of Landscape Architects, which awarded Adleman their prestigious teaching medal in 2004.

Martin Alexander (b. 1930)
Professor emeritus of soil microbiology

Known for his contributions to environmental science, soil microbiology and toxicology, Alexander was a world leader in his field. His standard textbook is internationally used and has been cited more than 5,000 times. Alexander joined CALS in 1955 with a commitment to undergraduate training and mentorship, and he was awarded the Liberty Hyde Bailey distinguished professorship in 1977. His work led him to an appointment with the EPA as well as with the science advisory board for the U.S. Army.

Bruce Lawrence Anderson ’68 (b. 1946)
Professor emeritus of applied economics and management 

Anderson was a passionate educator whose research interests delved into the study of management, strategies and corporate governance of cooperatives and agribusinesses. He taught executive development programs around the world including in Australia, Bosnia, Denmark, Hungary, India, Ireland, the Philippines, Slovakia, Sudan and Sweden.

Chester “Chick” Gene Forshey, (b. 1925)
Professor emeritus of pomology 

Literally writing the book on training and pruning apple and pear trees, Forshey’s work as superintendent of the Hudson Valley Research Laboratory helped maintain the vitality of the New York fruit industry. Forshey was noted for his sharp wit and was a popular speaker at Horticultural Society gatherings. Forshey’s work took him to South America with the Rockefeller Foundation’s Chilean Agricultural Program, and he was named honorary professor at the Schools of Agronomy at the University of Chile and the Catholic University.

André Tridon Jagendorf ’48, (b. 1926)
Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor Emeritus 

Jagendorf was a pioneer in plant sciences who advanced the field’s understanding of fundamental life processes. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1980 and served as president of the American Society of Plant Physiologists. He was one of the first fellows of the American Society of Plant Biology, and in 2012 he received a lifetime achievement award from the Rebeiz Foundation. He was noted for collaborating often with other researchers and students, and he continued daily laboratory work until a few weeks before his death.

Russell Earl MacDonald
(b. 1928)
Professor emeritus of molecular biology and genetics

MacDonald’s work in bacteriology started in earnest with his master’s degree at Acadia University, where he researched the presence of antibiotic substances in higher plants with special reference to local species. His doctoral dissertation, which he completed at the University of Michigan, expanded to include E. coli, with a look into its physiological basis. Known for “fighting the good fight,” MacDonald was also an avid debater of politics. 

Edwin Burnell Oyer, (b. 1927)
International professor emeritus in vegetable crops

Oyer first joined CALS in 1955, in what was then the Department of Vegetable Crops. His passion for international agricultural development led him to help found the Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center in Taiwan as well as establish the Agency for Agricultural Research and Development in the Republic of Indonesia. He served as chair of the Department of Vegetable Cops at CALS and then as director of the International Agriculture Program until his retirement in 1992.

Gregory L. Poe, (b. 1960)
Professor of resource economics

Poe joined CALS in 1993 to teach environmental and resource economics. Over the course of his career, he developed improved measures of hypothetical and actual demand for public environmental goods. His field research frequently addressed issues related to water quality policy and incentive programs for reducing emissions. Known for his sense of humor and dedication to teaching, Poe served as editor of the journal Resource and Energy Economics and was part of the executive management team at Dyson School.

Natalie Uhl, M.S. ’43, Ph.D. ’47, (b. 1919)
Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Professor Emerita 

Uhl was a leading expert in the anatomy of palms and served as co-editor of the journal Principes (now Palms) for more than 20 years. In 1987, Uhl collaborated with scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens to publish a comprehensive review of the taxonomy, morphology and anatomy of all genera of palms. She received the Asa Gray Award in 2002 from the American Society of Plant Taxonomists. Even after her formal retirement, Uhl continued her research and maintained many teaching duties.