Description: Liriodendron tulipifera flower

The University of North Carolina
A Department of the North Carolina Botanical Garden


Collectors of the UNC Herbarium

Laurie Stewart Radford
(1910 - 2004)

Laurie Marguerite Stewart Radford was born 29 August 1910 in Roanoke, Virginia to Samuel Converse Stewart and Irene Falconer Stewart. She spent most of her childhood in the Brushy Mountains of Wilkes County, North Carolina. She graduated from Appalachian State Teachers College in Boone, N.C., then earned a masterís degree in botany from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1937. She was the Curator of the University of North Carolina Herbarium from 1937 until 1942.

With approximately 10% of the specimens in NCUís collection catalogued, we have found over 1330 specimens collected by Laurie Stewart.

She married Albert E. Radford in 1941, and had three children: David, John, and Linda.

Description: Portrait of Laurie Stewart Radford
Portrait by Lance Richardson Photography

Ms. Radford wrote seven articles for the 1984-1986 issues of the Friends of the Herbarium newsletter. Each article focused on a specific era in the development of the herbarium. In 1998, she updated the articles and compiled them into a single 50-page history of the NCU Herbarium, The History of the University of North Carolina Herbarium at Chapel Hill, NC 1908-1998.


Dr. William Chambers Coker
Laurie Stewart Radford
(Curator of the University of North Carolina Herbarium 1936-1942)
Photograph by Lindsay Olive, 1941


More about Laurie Stewart Radford
Burk, William R. (2005). Laurie Marguerite Stewart Radford: A Tribute. Reproduced from the Chinquapin, the Newsletter of the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society, Vol. 13, No. 1, Spring 2005, pp. 4a-4b.

Stewart, Laurie M.. 1937. Studies in the life history of Nitella hyaline Agardh. Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society 53: 173-190.

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University of North Carolina Herbarium
CB# 3280, Coker Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3280
phone: (919) 962-6931
fax: (919) 962-6930

Last Updated: 13 June 2011