[Taxacom] Vale Dr John Beard
Alex.Chapman at dec.wa.gov.au
Mon Feb 21 01:19:32 CST 2011
Many botanists and ecologists who have worked on Australian and Mediterranean vegetation classifications, regionalisations and endemicity, will know the work of John Beard.
John was Director of Western Australia's Kings Park and Botanic Garden and subsequently the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, and his pioneering ecological survey work over many decades in Western Australia became the foundation for that State's representation in the biogeographic regionalisation of Australia.
He will be sadly missed.
Alex R. Chapman Alex.Chapman at dec.wa.gov.au
FloraBase Manager http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au<http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/>
Research Scientist Tel: +61 8 9219 9060 Fax: 9334 0327
WA Herbarium, Science Division, Dept Environment & Conservation
Locked Bag 104, Bentley Delivery Centre, Western Australia 6983
Sent: Monday, 21 February 2011 2:21 PM
To: All Staff;
Subject: Dr John Beard
Dr John Beard, who was Director of Kings Park and Botanic Garden from 1961-1970, died peacefully on Thursday 17 February 2011.
Dr Beard will be remembered for his many contributions to Kings Park and especially the establishment of the Botanic Garden that was formally opened in October 1965.
Dr Beard was 95 and is survived by his wife Pamela and three children, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Chief Executive Officer
Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority
West Perth WA 6005
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