Liriodendron tulipifera flower

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A Department of the North Carolina Botanical Garden

Collectors of the UNC Herbarium

Rassie Everton Wicker
(1892 - 1972)

The following information was provided to the University of North Carolina Herbarium
by Richard Wicker, as written by Rassie Wicker's daughter, Eloise Wicker Knight in
"Wicker, Decendants of Kenneth Wicker and Isabella Currie of Moore County, N.C."
Additional information was compiled by Lisa Giencke, UNC Herbarium technician
and Dan Stern, Coker Arboretum Curator.

Portrait of Rassie E. Wicker

Rassie Everton Wicker, son of James Alexander and Lucretia Millis Wicker, was born March 6, 1892 near Cameron, N.C., and died October 16, 1972 in Pinehurst, N.C. He married Mary Magdalene Loving. He attended what is now N.C. Sate University for one year. He was elected Moore County Surveyor in November 1912. He became a Certified Engineer and served as engineer for Pinehurst, Inc, until his retirement.

Rassie Wicker was a master craftsman who produced beautiful pieces of furniture. He was a mechanical and architectural engineer as well as a civil one. His interests included science, music, astronomy, horticulture, and botany. He was best known as a writer and historian. He compiled much of the information used by Blackwell Robinson in his The County of Moore 1747-1847. Errata and Addenda [for The County of Moore 1747-1847] was authored by Wicker and edited by J. Atwood Whitman. In 1969, Wicker typed his own book Miscellaneous Ancient Records of Moore County, N.C. , a book now in its third printing. All are available from the Moore County Historical Association, PO Box 324, Southern Pines, NC 28388 or at

Of the specimens in the UNC Herbarium collected by Rassie Wicker, two are isotypes of Liquidambar styraciflua f. rotundiloba [image 1] [image 2], which he collected near Pinehurst, N.C. in 1931. Though the tree near Pinehurst has since died, a specimen of this tree given to Dr. William Chambers Coker in 1930, still grows today in the Coker Arboretum at UNC - Chapel Hill.

Rassie E. Wicker's daughter, Eloise Wicker, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1943 and deposited specimens collected from Pinehurst and Chapel Hill in the UNC Herbarium.

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Last Updated: 4 January 2010