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A.A. Reznicek University of Michigan Herbarium Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Robert Eyre Preston passed away at Tendercare Greenview in Alpena, Michigan on Friday, January 17, 2014 at the age of 74.

Robert was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on March 29, 1939 to William and Sarah (Eyre) Preston. He received a B.A. in Biology from Oberlin College and pursued his Ph.D. in amphibian ecology at St. Louis University. He was an accomplished oboist and throughout his life was devoted to both classical music and nature. He moved to Alpena in 1983 with his second wife, Carolyn Koppenol, M.D., and youngest daughter, Jessica. For many years he was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alpena. He loved the northeastern Michigan area and was active in the Michigan Karst Conservancy as well a s t h e l o c a l

Audubon Society and the Michigan Botan- ical Club. He was employed as a Biology instructor at Alpena Community College for a few years but more recently had been very involved at the University of Michi- gan Herbarium (MICH), where he was a Visiting Researcher.

At the Herbarium, he worked closely with Herb Wagner on ferns of the Great Lakes region and worked especially dili- gently on Michigan Pteridophytes, special- izing particularly in Botrychium and the ly- c o p o d s . F o r s o m e y e a r s, h e p r ov i d e d critical determinations for specimens from all over the northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. In addition, he provided the initial text for the Pteridophyte portion of the Michigan Flora Online: (http:// Bob also conducted field work and assiduously collected ferns all over Michigan for the Herbarium. He was free with his knowl-

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edge and conducted classes and led field trips, including at Michigan Botanical Club Forays, educating people about ferns.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his sister, Dr. Eliza- beth Wood of Crystal Falls, Michigan; his three children and three grandchil- dren: Eric (Kim) Preston and grandson, Anders, of Madison, Wisconsin; Jennifer (Lance) McCue and granddaughters, Maxine and Chloe, of Ann Arbor; and Jes- sica Preston of Alpena.