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Wharton, Mary E., 1912-1991


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    • Mary Eugenia
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    • found: A guide to the wildflowers and ferns of Kentucky, 1971:title page (Mary E. Wharton)
    • found: Floracliff Nature Santuary, via WWW, April 4, 2014(Dr. Mary Wharton; Mary Eugenia Wharton was born in Jessamine County, Kentucky on October 12, 1912; at the University of Kentucky, Wharton majored in botany and geology; after receiving her bachelor's degree there, she transferred to the University of Michigan, where she earned her master's and doctoral degrees; after a couple of brief teaching jobs she acquired a position at Georgetown College; there she taught classes for almost 30 years and became head of the Biology Department; in 1942 she discovered an unnamed species of dewberry in Montgomery Co. that was named in her honor, Rubus whartoniae; Wharton was an avid writer, collaborating with Roger Barbour on field guides such as Wildflowers and Ferns of Kentucky (1971) and Trees and Shrubs of Kentucky (1973); she is also the author of Horse World of the Bluegrass and Peach Leather and Rebel Grey; Wharton's last book was Bluegrass Land and Life; in the late 1950s, Mary Wharton began purchasing property along the Kentucky River that she would later name Floracliff)
    • found: Kentucky Digital Library, via WWW, April 4, 2014(Mary E. Wharton papers, 1856-1993; Dr. Mary E. Wharton (1912-1991) was a native of Jessamine County, Kentucky and longtime Lexington resident; Wharton was a Professor of Botany and the chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Georgetown College during the period 1947-1974; a graduate of the University of Kentucky, Dr. Wharton received her Ph. D. from the University of Michigan in 1945; she was one of the original founders of the Land and Nature Trust of the Bluegrass--an organization which she served as president and chairman of the board; she was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Kentucky Chapter of The Nature Conservancy; Dr. Wharton was involved in several environmental conflicts including an attempt by the Army Corp of Engineers to dam the Red River Gorge, and a plan by the Department of Highways to widen Paris Pike; the 278 acre Mary E. Wharton Nature Sanctuary at Flora Cliff on the Kentucky River in southern Fayette County is named in her honor)
    • found: ancestry.com, April 4, 2014(Mary E.Wharton; born October 12, 1912 in Jessamine County, Kentucky; died November 28, 1991 in Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky)
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