The University of North Carolina Herbarium has
catalogued to date a handful of vascular plant specimens and over one hundred
fungal specimens collected by Wade Swann Neely, who usually signed his
specimen labels as simply “Neely.” He
commonly collected with professors W. C. Coker and H. R. Totten as
well as with classmate Norman Reasoner.
Neely collected vascular plants in the Chapel
Hill, Orange County, North Carolina area.
As NCU's vascular plant collection continues to be catalogued, it is
probable that more specimens collected by him will be found.
Neely’s fungal specimens were also from Orange
County, North Carolina, and his most common co-collectors were W. C. Coker, H.
R. Totten and Norman Reasoner. While Neely’s earliest fungal collections
date from 1915 the vast majority date from the summer of 1917. The macrofungi in NCU’s holdings, including those collected
by Mr. Neely, are being cataloged as part of the Macrofungal Collection Consortium project.
Wade Swann Neely was the eldest of seven sons
born to Mary “Mamie” (McKnight) (1869-1960) and Samuel Milton Neely
(1869-1945). He was a student at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but joined the United States
Army in 1917 before earning a degree and instead became a career soldier.
His brother, Guy L. Neely graduated from the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill in 1920.
Wade Neely “was connected with the divisional
headquarters of the 81st Division.
After serving overseas with this division until the Armistice, he was
transferred to the army of occupation at Coblenz, Germany, where he served as
Secretary to General Johnson.”1 Neely married German national Eleanor
Bertram (1896-1971) on 23 May 1922. 2
They returned to the United States in 1923, and
Neely was stationed at Fort Screvens, Georgia until
1936, then transferred to Honolulu, Hawaii.
At the time of his death, at age 47, he had attained the rank of
Master Sergeant. He died in Schofield
Barracks, Hawaii, and is buried in Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church cemetery
in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.
by Susan I. Gillis
Find A Grave Memorial #91650608
Swan. University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill Alumni Records.
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Memorial # 91650608 accessed on
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