Carroll Emory Wood Jr., a professor of biology and curator of the Arnold Arboretum, passed away at his South End (Boston) home on March 15 at the age of 88.

Wood was a teacher and mentor to many botanists and students at Harvard, the University of North Carolina, and the Michigan Biological Field Station. A specialist in the flora of the southeastern United States, he initiated, supervised, and edited a comprehensive flora of that region, “The Generic Flora of the Southeastern United States.” His fieldwork took him throughout the eastern region of the United States, the Caribbean, and central Mexico.

Wood was admired by his many friends and colleagues for his compassion, commitment, and unfailing sense of humor. Details of a memorial service will be announced at a later time.

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