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Dr Helen Margaret Gilkey
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Birth: Mar. 6, 1886
Washington, USA
Death: Aug. 7, 1972
Corvallis
Benton County
Oregon, USA

Helen Gilkey (1886-1972)-- Helen Gilkey was the first modern curator of the OSC. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Oregon State and completed her dissertation, A Revision of the Tuberales (truffle fungi) of California, with W.A. Setchell at the University of California at Berkeley.

In 1918 she returned to Oregon State to assume the curatorship of the University's herbarium and later became a professor of Botany. She remained curator of OSC until 1951 and was active in research until her death in 1972.

Helen Gilkey epitomized the Pacific Northwestern botanist of the first half of the Twentieth Century. Her pioneering work with the Tuberales and other hypogeous fungi is some of the more classic mycological research in North America. She played an essential role in establishing Oregon State University as the center for taxonomic and systematic research of hypogeous fungi.

Her collection is still actively used and serves as the foundation for systematic research of hypogeous fungi in North America.
 
 
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 Parents:
  John Augustus Gilkey (1853 - 1936)
  Fannie Elizabeth Barnes Gilkey (1855 - 1921)
 
 Siblings:
  Ethel Lenora Gilkey (1880 - 1881)*
  Helen Margaret Gilkey (1886 - 1972)
  Jesse Smart Gilkey (1888 - 1965)*
  Beulah Gustavia Gilkey (1890 - 1977)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Crystal Lake Cemetery
Corvallis
Benton County
Oregon, USA
 
Maintained by: JD Gilkey
Originally Created by: Suzanna ღ Ashworth
Record added: Jun 18, 2008
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Dr Helen Margaret Gilkey
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Dr Helen Margaret Gilkey
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Dr Helen Margaret Gilkey
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 Added: Feb. 12, 2013
 
 
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