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Re: [nafex] Herb Durand

Dear Ethan:
    I do indeed remember Herb, and I shared some good letters with him,
talking about breeding.  I'm truly sorry to hear what has happened to him. 
Please send condolences to his brother.
    And not to sound like a ghoul, but be sure to ask about Herb's plant
material - NAFEX or someone should try to preserve it.
-Lon Rombough
>From: "Dr. Ethan Natelson" <natelson@pipeline.com>
>To: nafex@egroups.com
>Subject: [nafex] Herb Durand
>Date: Thu, Jan 18, 2001, 6:40 PM

>Dear Group,
>     Some of you may remember Herb Durand, who was a world class plant
>hybridizer and made major contributions to the breeding of rabbiteye
>blueberry selections.  He was a contributor to Pomona, the last article
>several years ago concerning some unusual Prunus crosses he made.  He spoke
>at our annual NAFEX meeting in Houston a few years ago.  Herb (known to his
>family as Kyle) was very shy and reclusive and, perhaps for this reason, his
>remarkable talents were never fully realized.  I am sad to report that Herb
>was hit by a car while crossing the street to his voting precinct on Nov 7,
>and remains in a chronic vegetative state, in a Houston hospital.  I spoke
>with his brother earlier in the week and I think Herb will soon be
>wharehoused in a nursing home for the living dead.  Life is often not very fair.
>                                     Regards, Ethan