Art Tucker RIP

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Today I learned that my friend and mentor, Dr. Arthur Tucker, just passed away following a sudden illness. Art was an economic botanist with a wide range of interests. His main passion was aromatic plants, and he is regarded as a world authority on aromatic chemistry, having managed an analytical laboratory where he performed GC-MS analysis for both academic and economic pursuits. Art lived in Dover, Delaware (USA) and he was a research professor at DE State University, where he established and for many years curated the Claude E. Phillips Herbarium, where I was a frequent visitor.

Only last year we lost another mutual friend, Dr. James Duke. I probably learned more plant knowledge from these two intellectual giants than from all other sources combined. Here they are together at a garden luncheon I arranged several years ago, at the Maryland University of Integrative Health.

With Jim Duke (left) and Art Tucker

Among his many activities, Art was a designed consultant to the famous Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. Here we are with Arts other half, Sharon, another biologist.

Art was a prolific writer of scientific papers, and he also managed to produce one of the best herbal references around. He also had a great sense of humour, and loved to dress up!

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Art disguised as Carl Linneaus, handing me my doctoral papers in a mock ceremony for my 60th birthday.

I’ll always miss you Art, may you rest in peace.

One thought on “Art Tucker RIP

  1. Hello Andrew I just wanted to extend my condolences to you for the loss of your friend. May you continue to be inspired by Art’s work. Warmest regards, Tania Brookes

    On Wed, Aug 7, 2019, 18:48 Andrew’ Pengelly’s Herbal Field School wrote:

    > herbalfieldschool posted: ” OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Today I learned that my > friend and mentor, Dr. Arthur Tucker, just passed away following a sudden > illness. Art was an economic botanist with a wide range of interests. His > main passion was aromatic plants, and he is regarded as ” >

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