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No. 210                              December 8, 1998

aceska@victoria.tc.ca                Victoria, B.C.
 Dr. A. Ceska, P.O.Box 8546, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 3S2

             DR. ROBERT TOWNLEY OGILVIE (1930-1998)

Bob  Ogilvie  died  on  Sunday, November 29, 1998, after a short
relapse of leukemia.

Bob Ogilvie was born  on  June  27,  1930  in  Briercrest,  Sas-
katchewan.  He  received  B.A. degree in 1953 and M.A. degree in
1955 from the University of British Columbia for his studies  of
soil properties of ponderosa pine plant communities, directed by
Prof.  Vladimir  Krajina.  In  1960 he received his Ph.D. degree
from Washington University in Pullman for his work  on  "Ecology
of  spruce  forests  on the east slope of the Rocky Mountains in
Alberta" directed by Prof. Rexford Daubenmire.

Bob worked for the Forest Research Branch (Alberta District)  of
the Canada Department of Forestry in Calgary from 1958-63. Bob's
main  interests  were  in site classification and ecology of the
forests (particularly spruce and pine) of the Rocky Mountains of
Alberta from Jasper National Park  south  to  the  International
Border.  During  his  tenure  he  collected  hundreds  of  plant
specimens and these are deposited in the herbarium of the North-
ern Forestry Centre (CAFB) in Edmonton. Bob produced  the  first
checklist  of  the  vascular  plants in the Forest Research Her-
barium (CAFB) in 1963. His work with the forest service resulted
in a number of publications and file reports.

His interest in mountain forests and alpine  vegetation  carried
on  at  the  University  of  Calgary  where  he became Associate
Professor in 1963. He supervised several graduate  students  and
participated  in  a  multidisciplinary  study  of  grizzly  bear
habitats directed by Dr. Stephen Herrero.

Bob's parents had a summer  cottage  near  Bowser  on  Vancouver
Island  and  Bob  and  his  family spent many summer holidays on
Vancouver Island. Bob welcomed the opportunity to move  to  Van-
couver  Island,  and in September 1977 he accepted a position of
Botany Curator in the  British  Columbia  Provincial  Museum  in
Victoria.  He was Head of the Botany Division until its dissolu-
tion in 1986. When the British Columbia Provincial Museum became
the Royal British Columbia Museum, Bob Ogilvie remained  in  the
Natural  History  Division as botany curator till his retirement
in July 1995. After his retirement Bob Ogilvie became a frequent
visitor of the University of Victoria herbarium, where he worked
on his old collections and wrote botanical papers.

His main botanical interests were alpine flora  and  vegetation,
seashore  vegetation,  and  flora  and phytogeography of British
Columbia. In the British Columbia Provincial Museum  he  was  an
important  force  behind the publication of Museum Handbooks and
Occasional Papers, and he was an associate editor of the  Museum
journal  Syesis  until the journal's untimely death in 1985. The
Native Plant Garden around the Museum was Bob's great love.  The
Garden,  established  in 1968, was in its prime when Bob came to
the Museum. He soon organized daily Native  Plant  Garden  tours
where  visitors learned about British Columbia plants. The tours
were led by a marvelous group of volunteers  that  Bob  and  the
staff  of the Botany Division gathered together. Later, when the
Museum support of the Native Plant Garden dwindled to a low ebb,
he participated in watering the garden over one or two  summers,
and  organized  a  Native Plant Garden support group. This group
has gradually evolved into the active and vibrant  Native  Plant
Study  Group  of  the Victoria Horticultural Society. The Native
Plant Study Group gained tremendously from Bob's  help  and  his
efforts  towards popularization of botany. It was at the October
1998 meeting of this Group where I last met Bob.

Bob was active in  numerous  conservation  organizations,  local
(Friends  of  Beacon  Hill  Park),  regional  (Garry  Oak Meadow
Preservation Society), provincial (The Land Conservancy and  the
now  abolished  British  Columbia Ecological Reserves Committee)
and national (The Nature Conservancy of Canada,  Canadian  Parks
and  Wilderness  Society).  He  was  a  long-time  member of the
Canadian Botanical Association where he served in the  Conserva-
tion  Committee.  Bob's  opinion  was always respected as highly
professional, one that reflected his rich field  experience  and
solid  botanical knowledge. With Bob's passing, we have lost the
voice of a strong advocate for the protection of  natural  areas
in British Columbia and Canada.

Bob  spoke  French  and had a good knowledge of German. He had a
tremendous overview of world literature in botany,  ecology  and
all  other  sciences  (such as geology and climatology) that are
required for understanding vegetation ecology. I  know  from  my
discussions  with  him  that the holistic approach to landscapes
and vegetation was one thing he  admired  most  about  Professor
Krajina,  Bob's  teacher  at the University of British Columbia.
Bob had a deep interest in history, art, culture  and  politics,
liked  classical  music,  and  was an avid reader. His favourite
author was Thomas Mann.

Bob was unable to cope with  modern  trends  of  government  and
scientific  institutions  where professionals are being replaced
by administrators who have little or no knowledge of  the  field
they  manage.  He  was  incapacitated  when  he had to deal with
unprofessional decisions, and was horrified when he had to  fill
in  and  sign  forms.  He  despised  intrigues  and  hated empty
phrases. He was a proud Scot and  except  for  broom,  he  liked
everything  Scotch  (whisky  -  single  malt  and in moderation,
oatcakes, haggis, porridge, Robert Burns, etc.) and he bought me
my first spurtle. As a good Scot he was stubborn and refused  to
deviate  from his principles. He built a strong shell around his
private life and not too many people were aware of his  personal
problems.  Even  to his closest friends, he presented his losing
fight with leukemia as a "bad flu."

Bob was a great supporter of BEN and he contributed to BEN  with
quite  a few articles and notes. When we worked together, he was
a blind editor of BEN and read most BEN issues before  I  posted
them.  He helped me with editing the content, and corrected most
of what I wrote.

I am personally indebted to  Bob  for  hiring  me  to  the  B.C.
Provincial  Museum  in  1981,  the  institution  where  we  both
remained, for better or  worse,  till  1995.  We  made  numerous
collecting  trips  together,  got  stranded  on  a bare granitic
mountain for several days, and were forgotten on a small  island
close  to  the  Alaska  border.  Our collaboration resulted in a
single, rather insignificant floristic paper, but on  our  joint
trips we collected something between 15,000 and 20,000 specimens
of vascular plants. These specimens are still being processed in
the Herbarium of the Royal British Columbia Museum.

With  Bob  Ogilvie  we  all  will miss a good friend, colleague,
teacher and scientist. He will be fondly remembered by all of us
whom he touched with his kindness, humour, help and knowledge.

If you live in the Victoria area, you are invited to  attend  a
visitation  at  Hayward's  Thomson and Irving Funeral Home (1625
Quadra at Balmoral) on Wednesday, Dec. 9 between 10 a.m. and  12

Donations in Bob's memory may be made to the Habitat Acquisition
Trust (250-995-2428) or the Vancouver Island Cancer Centre (250-

Adolf Ceska

From: Adolf Ceska <aceska@victoria.tc.ca>

Ogilvie,  R.T. 1953. Soil acidity (pH) in Pinus ponderosa forest
   communities in British Columbia. B.A.  &  Sc.  Thesis.  Dept.
   Biol. and Bot., University of British Columbia, Vancouver. 28
   p. [ms.]
Ogilvie,  R.T.  1955. Soil texture of Pinus ponderosa plant com-
   munities in British Columbia. M.A. Thesis.  Dept.  Biol.  and
   Bot., University of British Columbia, Vancouver. 47 p. [ms.]
Ogilvie, R.T. 1961. Ecology of spruce forests on the east slopes
   of  the  Rocky Mountains in Alberta. Ph.D. Thesis, Washington
   State University, Pullman. x+189 p. [ms.]
Ogilvie, R.T. 1961. Spruce habitat types in the  eastern  slopes
   of  the  Rocky Mountains, Alberta. Can. Dept. For., For. Res.
   Branch, Calgary, AB.
Ogilvie, R.T. 1962. Ecology of spruce forests on the east  slope
   of  the  Rocky  Mountains  in Alberta. Dissertation Abstracts
Ogilvie, R.T. 1962. Notes on plant  distribution  in  the  Rocky
   Mountains of Alberta. Can. J. Bot. 40:1091-1094.
Ogilvie,  R.T. 1963. Check list of vascular plants in the Forest
   Research Branch herbarium, Calgary. 28 p.
Ogilvie, R.T. 1963. Ecology of the forests in  the  Rocky  Moun-
   tains of Alberta. Can. Dept. For., For. Res. Branch, Calgary,
   AB. Report 63-A-12. 57 p.
Ogilvie, R.T. 1963. Some additions to the Flora of Alberta. Can.
   Dept. For., For. Res. Branch, Calgary, AB. 5p.
Bird,  C.D., and Ogilvie, R.T. 1964. New bryophytes for Alberta.
   Bryologist 67: 360-363.
Ogilvie, R.T. [1965?] Ecology of vegetation  in  Banff  National
   Park. Dept. of Biol., Univ. of Calgary. 21 p.
Ogilvie,  R.T.  1966.  Subalpine forest ecology - Forest habitat
   types of Banff National Park. Canad. Inst. For., 58th  Annual
   Meeting, Oct. 3-6, 1966. Banff, AB. 15 p.
Beder, K. & R.T. Ogilvie. 1967. Additions to the lichen flora of
   Alberta. Bryologist 70: 363-364.
Ogilvie,  R.T.  &  B.  Baptie. 1967. A permafrost profile in the
   Rocky Mountains of Alberta. Canad. J. Earth Sci. 4: 744-745.
Ogilvie, R.T. and E. von Rudloff. 1968. Chemosystematic  studies
   in the genus Picea (Pinaceae). IV. The introgression of white
   and  Engelmann  spruce  as found along the Bow River. Can. J.
   Bot. 46: 901-908.
Kirby, C.L. & R.T. Ogilvie. 1969. The forests  of  Marmot  Creek
   Watershed Research Basin. 37 p.
Ogilvie,  R.T.  1969.  The  mountain  forest and alpine zones in
   Alberta. Pp. 25-44 in: Nelson, J.G. &  M.J.  Chambers  [eds.]
   Vegetation, soils and wildlife. Methuen, Toronto.
Kirby,  C.L. and R.T. Ogilvie. 1969. The forests of Marmot Creek
   watershed  and  research  basin.  Dept.  of   Fisheries   and
   Forestry. Can. For. Serv. Publ. No. 1259.
Hills,  L.V.  & R.T. Ogilvie. 1970. Picea banksii n.sp. Beaufort
   Formation  (Tertiary),  northwestern  Banks  Island,   Arctic
   Canada. Canad. J. Bot. 48: 457-464.
Ogilvie,  R.T.  1971.  Ecology and taxonomy of alpine, subalpine
   and foothills vegetation of Alberta. CBA/ABC  +  AIBS  Annual
   Meeting 1971. Itinerary & Field trip June 18-20, 1971. 13 p.
Ogilvie, R.T. 1972. Speciation in the North American spruces and
   its  relation to white spruce. Pp. 1-7 in: McMinn, R.G. [ed.]
   White spruce - The ecology of a northern resource.  Can  For.
   Serv. Information Rep. NOX-X-40
Ogilvie,  R.T. 1976. The alpine and subalpine in the Rocky Moun-
   tains of Alberta. Pp. 33-48 in: Proceedings of  the  Workshop
   on Alpine and Sub-Alpine environments / convened by Luttmerd-
   ing,  H.A.  &  J.A.  Sheilds [sic.] Resource Analysis Branch,
   Ministry of the Environment, Victoria, B.C.
Ogilvie, R.T. 1976. Vegetation mapping methodology:  Mapping  of
   alpine  and  subalpine  vegetation  in the Rocky Mountains of
   Alberta. Pp. 97-103 in: Proceedings of the Workshop on Alpine
   and Sub-Alpine environments / convened by Luttmerding, H.A. &
   J.A. Sheilds [sic.] Resource Analysis Branch, Ministry of the
   Environment, Victoria, B.C.
Ogilvie, R.T. 1979. The native plant display gardens. Friends of
   the Provincial Museum Newsletter 7.
Ogilvie, R.T. 1979. Botanical Beach trip - shore vegetation. The
   Victoria Naturalist 36: 32.
van Barneveld, J.W. et al. [incl. R.T.  Ogilvie]  1980.  An  il-
   lustrated  key  to  common  grass  genera of the Festucoideae
   (Fescue subfamily) of British Columbia. Province  of  British
   Columbia,  Terrestrial  Studies  Branch, Victoria, B.C. 18 p.
   [reprinted in 1987]
van Barneveld, J.W. et al. [incl. R.T.  Ogilvie]  1980.  An  il-
   lustrated key to gymnosperms of British Columbia. Province of
   British  Columbia, Terrestrial Studies Branch, Victoria, B.C.
   32 p. [reprinted in 1987]
Rafiq, M., G.F. Harcombe, R.T. Ogilvie. 1982. An illustrated key
   to dicotyledon families of British Columbia. (Illustrated  by
   G.F.  Harcombe)  Province  of  British  Columbia, Terrestrial
   Studies Branch, Victoria, B.C. 127 p.
Rafiq, M., G.F. Harcombe, R.T. Ogilvie. 1982. An illustrated key
   to monocotyledon families of British  Columbia.  (Illustrated
   by  G.F.  Harcombe) Province of British Columbia, Terrestrial
   Studies Branch, Victoria, B.C. 25 p.
Ogilvie, R.T. 1983. Interior gummweed on  Little  Saanich  Moun-
   tain. The Victoria Naturalist 39: 52.
   [Correction:  Some  specimens  from  this  locality have been
   identified as Grindellia  hirsutula  var.  hirsutula  by  Dr.
   Meredith A. Lane. - AC]
Roemer, H.L. & R.T. Ogilvie. 1983. Additions to the flora of the
   Queen  Charlotte  Islands  on  limestone.  Canad. J. Bot. 61:
Turner, N.J., J. Thomas, B.F. Carlson,  &  R.T.  Ogilvie.  1983.
   Ethnobotany  of  the  Nitinaht  Indians  of Vancouver Island.
   British Columbia Provincial Museum Occasional Paper  No.  24.
   165 p.
Ogilvie,   R.T.,   &   A.   Ceska.   1984.   Alpine   plants  of
   phytogeographic interest on  northwestern  Vancouver  Island.
   Can. J. Bot. 62: 2356-2362.
Ogilvie,  R.T.  & A. Ceska. 1984. Alpine plant collecting in the
   Flathead Mountains. Discovery (Victoria, B.C.) 12(1).
Ogilvie, R.T., R.J. Hebda & H.L. Roemer.  1984.  The  phytogeog-
   raphy  of  Oxalis oregana in British Columbia. Canad. J. Bot.
   62: 1561-1563.
Ogilvie, R.T. & H.L. Roemer. 1984. The rare plants of the  Queen
   Charlotte Islands. B.C. Naturalist 22(2): 17-18.
Ogilvie,  R.T. 1985. Botanical collections in museums. Pp. 13-22
   in: Miller, E.H. [ed.] Museum collections:  their  roles  and
   future in biological research. B.C. Prov. Mus. Occ. Paper No.
Ogilvie,  R.T.  1986.  Book review: "The rare vascular plants of
   British Columbia," by G.B. Straley, R.L. Taylor & G.W.  Doug-
   las. Discovery (Victoria, B.C.) 15(3): 2-3.
Ogilvie,  R.T. 1987. Native Plant Gardens at the B.C. Provincial
   Museum. Garden Notes (Victoria Horticultural Society) October
   1987: 42-43.
Ogilvie, R.T. & K. Cowen. 1987. Wildflowers in the  Museum  gar-
   dens. Discovery (Victoria, B.C.) 15(3): 1-2.
Ogilvie,  R.T.  1988.  The  rare  vascular plants of Island View
   Beach Park. The Victoria Naturalist 44(4): 7.
Ogilvie, R.T. 1989. Distribution and ecology of  whitebark  pine
   in  western  Canada. Pp. 54-60 in: Proceedings - Symposium on
   whitebark pine ecosystems: Ecology and management of a  high-
   mountain resource.
Ogilvie,  R.T.  1989.  Disjunct  vascular plants of northwestern
   Vancouver Island in  relation  to  Queen  Charlotte  Islands'
   endemism  and Pacific Coast refugia. Pp. 127-130 in: Scudder,
   G.G.E. & N. Gessler [eds.] The outer shores. Queen  Charlotte
   Islands Museum Press, Skidegate, B.C.
Ogilvie,  R.T.  1994.  Rare and endemic vascular plants of Gwaii
   Haanas (South Moresby) Park, Queen Charlotte Islands, British
   Columbia. Canadian Forest Service & B.C. Ministry of Forests,
   Victoria, B.C. vi+25 p.
Majak W., W.J. Keller, Z.  Duan,  D.  Munro,  R.A.  Smith,  A.M.
   Davis,  &  R.T.  Ogilvie.  1994. Alkaloid distribution in two
   species   of   Lupinus   in   Central    British    Columbia.
   Phytochemistry 36: 883-885.
Majak, W., & R.T. Ogilvie. 1994. A review of known and suspected
   stock-poisoning  plants of the Yukon Territory. Pp. 29-35 in:
   Smith,  S.  [ed.]  Proc.  1st   circumpolar   agric.   conf.,
   Whitehorse,  YT. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Centre for
   Land and Biological Resources Research, Ottawa.
Ogilvie, R.T. 1998. Vascular Plants. In  Smith,  I.M.  &  G.G.E.
   Scudder [eds.] Assessment of species diversity in the Montane
   Cordillera  Ecozone.  Burlington:  Ecological  Monitoring and
   Assessment Network, 1998.
   Web site - URL: http://www.cciw.ca/test/98_montane/

List of articles & notes posted by R.T. Ogilvie on BEN:

Vaccinium in British Columbia - BEN # 9 (Sept. 5, 1991)
Bog cranberry - BEN # 9 (Sept. 5, 1991)
Currants, gooseberries, and other oxymorons - BEN # 17 (Oct. 31,
Satin flower: a name change - BEN # 19 (Dec. 21, 1991)
Jan Looman 1919-1991 - BEN # 22 (Jan. 12, 1992)
Harold St. John 1892-1991 - BEN # 25 (Feb. 2, 1992)
Wheatgrass, grama-grass, and the  Rocky  Mountain  barrier  [BEN
   #36] - BEN # 47 (Dec. 20, 1992)
What turns on marsh-gas? - BEN # 60 (July 26, 1993)
Book review: Intermountain Flora Volume 5 - Asterales - BEN # 78
   (Sept. 2, 1994)
Botanist mayor of Montreal - BEN # 85 (Dec. 15, 1994)
The sorrows of old Goethe - BEN # 98 (Apr. 7, 1995)
A century of BEN - BEN # 100 (Apr. 29, 1995)

Acknowledgement.  I would like to thank Dr. J. Derek Johnson for
providing me with a list  of  Bob  Ogilvie's  publications  from

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