James M. and Esther N. Schopf Fund
We are pleased to report the Society has received an anonymous
gift to establish the James M. and Esther N. Schopf Fund
(BSA Paleobotanical Section). The fund is named in honor of Dr.
James Morton Schopf and Mrs. Esther Nissen Schopf.
James M. Schopf (1911-1978) was an active and influential paleobotanist,
especially in the early years of the Section, and recipient of
numerous awards and honors. Esther N. Schopf (1910-1997), educated
in botany, mathematics and several languages, was known to everyone
in the Section of which she was made an honorary member in 1991.
Both James and Esther regularly attended Paleobotanical Section
meetings and field trips, as well as hosted numerous paleobotanists
through the years at their home in Columbus, Ohio.
The fund will be used to enhance the collegiality and effectiveness
of the annual meeting of the Paleobotanical Section. This could
include, but is not limited to, funding refreshments or other
aspects of the Section's annual dinner, Section field trips (such
as bus rental, preparation of field guides, etc.), attendance
at the annual meeting of specially invited guests, and/or any
other costs involved in the Section's annual meeting. These funds
are to be distributed by, and at the discretion of, the Secretary-Treasurer
of the Paleobotanical Section, Botanical Society of America.
The initial gift establishing the fund was for $50,000. Please
feel free to support its growth as you go through the process
of renewing your membership.