I am truly sorry for Bob, Steve and Eric's loss of Beverly.
Beverly volunteered within the Museum Botany Department and Natural Areas Division of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, five days a week from January 1986 through July 1997 when arthritis prevented her from rigorous field work. In spite of the arthritis that prevented her from walking in difficult terrane, she continued to work in the herbarium until she and Bob moved to Durango. Beverly became one of my best friends as we worked together to find rare natural areas in Ohio and Pennsylvania and document the plant species within rare forests, bogs, fens and sand barrens. She co-discovered hundreds of endangered and threatened plant locations throughout northern Ohio and northwestern Pennsylvania.
She became proficient at identifying very difficult plant groups including grasses, sedges and deep-water vascular plants. Her friendship with the major owner of one of the most outstanding glacial lakes in northwestern Pennsylvania, Lake Pleasant, convinced that owner to consider selling her section of Lake Pleasant to Western Pennsylvania Land Conservancy.
While canoeing her favorite river, the Grand River, several decades ago, she discovered the first and only Ohio occurrence of riverweed (Podostemon ceratophyllum), a plant species that grows on rocks within eastern North America.
Every time I enter one of the Museum Natural Areas Beverly and I co-discovered, I remember her enthusiasm for life, keen intellect, warm personality and concern for others.
Jim Bissell, Curator of Botany and Director of Natural Areas, Cleveland Museum of Natural History