The University of North Carolina Herbarium has
about a hundred specimens collected by Don Culwell. Most are from North Carolina, but specimens
from South Carolina and Arkansas are also represented. As NCU’s collection continues to be
catalogued, more specimens deposited by Culwell will
be found. Donald Culwell’s
spouse, Deborah McBroom Culwell, is a frequent co-collector.
Other herbaria that hold Culwell’s
specimens include the University of Central Arkansas (UCAC) and the Mecklenburg
County Parks & Recreation Herbarium (UNCC).
Photograph courtesy of
the South Fork Nature Center
earned his B.S. degree from Southeast Missouri State University, M.A. in
botany from Indiana University, and Ph.D. in botany/plant taxonomy from the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The title of his 1970 doctoral thesis was, “A taxonomic study of the
in the eastern United States.”
was a professor at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway for 37 years
(1970-2007). In addition to his
teaching duties he was curator of the Herbarium (UCAC) and director of the
Jewel E. Moore University of Central Arkansas Nature Reserve.
He was the founding
president of the Arkansas Native Plant Society. He is on the Board of the Gates Rogers
Foundation in Clinton, Arkansas, which owns the South Fork Native Plant
Preserve, and is a member of the Arkansas Vascular Flora Committee.
Baker, Brent (2007) Dr. Don Culwell retires.
Claytonia: Newsletter of the
Arkansas Native Plant Society.