The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Herbarium (NCU) has catalogued to date about 160 vascular plant specimens and
4 mycological specimens collected by C. Leland Rodgers. As NCU's collection continues to be
catalogued, it is likely that more specimens collected by him will be
found. NCU’s vascular plant specimens
are cataloged at sernecportal.org ; NCU’s mycological specimens are cataloged at mycoportal.org
Other herbaria which curate specimens collected
by Charles Leland Rodgers include Appalachian State University (BOON),
Arizona State University (ASU), Auburn University (AUA), Austin Peay State University (APSC), Carnegie Museum of Natural
History (CM), Clemson University (CLEMS), William & Mary (WILLI), Delta
State University (DSC), Duke University (DUKE), Eastern Kentucky University
(EKY), Field Museum (F), Georgia Southern University (GAS), Indiana
University (IND), J. F. Bell Museum of Natural History (MIN), Jewell &
Arline Moss Settle Herbarium at SUNY Oneonta (SUCO), Kent State University
(KE), Louisiana State University (LSU), Marshall University (MUHW),
Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation (UNCC), Mississippi Museum of
Natural Science (MMNS), Murray State University (MUR), New York Botanical
Garden (NY), North Carolina State University (NCSC), Old Dominion University
(ODU), Rutgers University (CHRB), Eastern Illinois University (EIU), Tulane
University (NO), University of Arizona (ARIZ), University of Colorado (COLO),
University of Florida (FLAS), University of Georgia (GA), University of
Maryland (MARY), University of Memphis (MEM), University of Michigan (MICH),
University of Mississippi (MISS), University of South Alabama (USAM),
University of South Carolina (USCH), University of Southern Mississippi
(USMS), University of the South (UOS), University of Wisconsin (WIS),
Valdosta State University (VSC), and Western Carolina University (WUCH).
Charles Leland Rodgers was born to a farming family in the South Carolina
community of Fork Shoals. His parents
were Alton Eugene Rodgers and Pawnee Louise Thompson Rodgers.4,6 He had a brother, Alton E. Rodgers, and two
younger sisters, Virginia (Riddle) and Nellie (Mulligan).2, 4
Rodgers attended Furman University in South
Carolina for his undergraduate education.
In 1938 he and fellow classmate Albert E. Radford were elected to “Hand and Torch,” an honor society
“composed of those few men who have attained exceptionally high scholastic
averages, and who are otherwise outstanding on the campus. Not more than one-tenth of the graduating
class may be chosen, and those who are present the best minds on campus.”3 Rodgers
graduated with a B.S. from Furman University in 1939.6 He earned a Master’s degree from Duke
University; the title of his thesis was “The plant communities of Table Rock,
Pickens County, South Carolina.”
During World War II Rodgers served as a naval officer in New Guinea
and the Philippines.2 He earned his doctorate in the
Botany Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in
1950. The title of his thesis was “The
Umbelliferae of North Carolina and their
distribution in the Southeast,” and his advisor was H. R. Totten.
C. Leland Rodgers joined the Furman University faculty in 1956, and retired
from that institution in 1988.5,6
Charles Leland Rodgers was married to Jean
Rochelle Holliday Rodgers for 59 years, and they had two sons, Charles Leland
Rodgers, Jr. (d. 2016) and David Rodgers, and one daughter, Rachelle [sic]
Throughout his career and retirement Rodgers was
active in conservation efforts with the South Carolina Wildlife Department
and the Nature Conservancy. He was
active in his community as well, serving on the Travelers Rest City Council,
serving as a deacon of Travelers Rest First Baptist Church, and serving as a
trustee of North Greenville College.2
He is buried in Woodlawn Memorial Park, and his
family requested that memorials be made in his honor to the South Carolina
Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.2
Grave of C. Leland and Jean
Rodgers, C. Leland and George W. Shiflet, Jr. 1978.
Plants of the
Eastatoe. Museum Bulletin 2. South Carolina Museum Commission, Columbia,
Snyder, John A. and C. Leland Rodgers.
1975. GRE biology: how to prepare for the graduate record exam
in biology. 4th ed. Barron’s Educational Series, Inc. Hauppauge, NY.
Rodgers, C. Leland. 1975. Citizenry communication. The American
Biology Teacher 37(3): 183.
Rodgers, C. Leland and Nora E. Mullens. 1975.
Distribution records of vascular plants in the Carolinas. Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific
Society 91(1): 18-24.
Rodgers, C. Leland and Rex E. Kerstetter. 1974.
The ecosphere: organisms,
habitats, and disturbances. Harper
& Row, NY.
Rodgers, C. Leland, Nora Mullen, and George W. Shiflet,
Jr. 1973. Notes and News: State
records for South Carolina. Castanea
Rodgers, C. Leland. 1969. Vascular
plants in Horsepasture Gorge. Castanea 34(4):
Mullens, Nora E. and C. Leland Rodgers. 1968.
seldom seen in upper South Carolina. Castanea
Rodgers, C. Leland. 1967. Biology.
Barron’s Educational Series, Woodbury, NY.
Rodgers, C. Leland. 1965. The
vegetation of Horsepasture Gorge. Journal of the
Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society 81(2) 103-112.
Rodgers, C. Leland and Roy E. Shake.
1965. Survey of vascular plants in Bearcamp
Creek Watershed. Castanea
Rodgers, C. Leland. 1955. Vascular
plants of Table Rock Mountain, South Carolina. Castanea 20(4):
Rodgers, C. Leland. 1950. The Umbelliferae of North Carolina and their distribution in
the Southeast. Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific
Society 66(2): 195-266.
Rodgers, C. Leland. 1950. The Umbelliferae
of North Carolina and their distribution in the Southeast. Ph.D. Thesis, Botany Department, University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC.
Rodgers, C. Leland. 1942. The plant communities of Table Rock,
Pickens County, South Carolina.
Master’s Thesis, Duke University, Durham, NC.
1. Ancestry.com. U.S. Social Security Applications and
Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line].
Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com
Operations, Inc., 2015. Original
data: Social Security Applications
& Claims, 1936-2007.
2. Dr. C. Leland Rodgers. Obituary, The Greenville News, Greenville,
South Carolina. October 28, 2001. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/greenvilleonline/obituary.aspx?n=c-leland-rodgers&pid=140842582 accessed on 8 December 2017.
3. Bonhomie, 1941. Yearbook of Furman University. Page 94.
4. Year: 1930; Census Place: Oaklawn,
Greenville, South Carolina; Roll: 2200; Page:
6B; Enumeration District: 0070;
FHL microfilm: 2341934. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database
on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the
Census. Fifteenth Census of the United
States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives & Records
Administration, 1930. T626,2,667 rolls.
5. http://libguides.furman.edu/c.php?g=641420&p=4987092#s-lg-box-wrapper-18489367 accessed on 8 December 2017.
6. Pers. Comm. Email from Nicole Wallace, University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill Alumni Records.
8 December 2017.
7. Find A Grave Memorial
#37321607. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/37321607 accessed on 8 December 2017.