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University of Wyoming

Wilhelm Gerhard Solheim


Wilhelm G. Solheim, Ragnhild Solheim, Louis Williams, and Rua Williams

On left: Wilhem G. and Ragnhild Solheim (Laramie, Wyoming). The late Professor Emeritus of Botany (1929-1978), University of Wyoming, received a B.A. (1924) from Iowa State Teachers College and a M.S. (1926) and Ph.D. (1928) form the University of Illinois. A distinguished teacher, researcher, and administrator: head of the Botany Department (1931-1950) and Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (1962-1963). Dr. Solheim was a prominent researcher in mycology, specializing in parasitic fungi of the Rocky Mountains. During his 50 years of service to UW, he assembled a reference collection of ca. 50,000 specimens from around the world.

On Right: Louis and Rua Williams (Rogers, Arkansas). Prominent collectors in NW Wyoming during the 1920's and 1930's. Louis received a B.A. (1931) and M.S. (1933) in Botany from UW and a Ph.D. (1936) from Harvard University; Economic Botanist, United Fruit Company (1946-1957) and USDA (1957-1960); curator of Central American Botany (1960-1964), Chief Curator (1964-1970), and Chairman of the Botany Division (1971-1973) at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago. Author of more than 300 scientific publications including the Flora of Guatamala.