FW: Tough Times in the Azalea & Rhododendron World
I received the following from Ray Smith, president of Mason Dixon Chapter ARS.
USDA Zone 7A (as of 2012)
Subject: Tough Times in the Azalea & Rhododendron World
Two important figures in the rather tight-knit world of rhododendron and azalea enthusiasts have recently passed away. Coincidently, both started out in the northeast and moved to western North Carolina in later years and were members of both the Azalea Society of America and the American Rhododendron Society. Their gardens were on the garden tours of the ASA and ARS conventions in Asheville in recent years.
Bob Stelloh was a mainstay of the Azalea Society for many years, particularly well-known for his online activities as the ASA webmaster and the force behind the Society's photo collection. He was presented with the Society's Exceptional Service Award in 2005. He died in Hendersonville, NC, on July 15.There are more details in his obituary at http://azaleas.org/downloads/Bob-Stelloh-obit.pdf.
Ed Collins was a key figure in the Rhododendron Society's Philadelphia Chapter for many years before moving to North Carolina where he was a founding member and the first president of the Pine Barrens Chapter. He was also active in the ASA's Vaseyi Chapter. Those of you who were members back in 2005 will remember Ed as one of the speakers at the 2005 District meeting in Westminster. He was presented with the ARS's Silver Medal in 1994 and the ASA's Distinguished Service Award in 2008. He passed away on July 20 in Florida. Arrangements are not yet complete, but further details should be available at http://www.thosshepherd.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2613683&fh_id=10745 when they are.