|Birth: ||Feb. 2, 1947|
|Death: ||Mar. 8, 2010, Panama|
this memorial is on the finca dracula in Cerro Punta chiriqui Panama
I found this about him on line
February 2, 1947 - March 8, 2010
When I moved to Panama to work with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in 1963, I soon met most of the local orchid enthusiasts, both in Panama and in the Canal Zone. One of the most enthusiastic was Walter Maduro. At some point we organized the Panama Orchid Society, which is still active. There was, at times, a separate orchid society in the Canal Zone, but the real enthusiasts, such as Walter Maduro, Lupe Dreyfus and often I, usually attended both societies.
I believe that I first met Walter's son, Andrew, when we were invited to dine with the Maduros. We were quite impressed by Andrew's collection of pre-colombian artifacts. I am not sure just when Andrew purchased some land in the mountains near Cerro Punta, in western Panama. At that time, I don't think that he had much of an orchid collection, but his property supplied a wonderful base for field work in the mountains nearby, and he cheerfully told us to use it whenever we wanted. I don't remember when Andrew named his property there "Finca Dracula," partly, perhaps, because of his interest in the genus Dracula, and partly, according to Andrew, because the name might discourage thieves.
Andrew took advantage of the climate there, to build up a collection of orchids and other interesting plants, both from Panama and especially from Andean South America. When I moved to Florida in 1985, I don't believe that Finca Dracula had much of an orchid collection, but each time we returned to visit Finca Dracula we found the collection of both exotics and Panamanian species to be much greater. Over the years Andrew has built up a phenomenal collection of Panamanian and Andean orchids.
Finca Dracula is several hours from Panama City, but Andrew also had a nursery at Punta Chame, near the coast and not so far from Panama City. Thus, cut flowers of Dendrobiums and many other things could easily be taken to the flower shop and main office in Panama City.
Andrew was always eager to help visiting orchid enthusiasts or botanists. This is reflected in Epidendrum maduroi, Lepanthes maduroi, Masdevallia maduroi, Oncidium maduroi, Pleurothallis maduroi, Sobralia maduroi, Stanhopea maduroi, and Telipogon maduroi. Many other new species named in the last few decades were based on plants cultivated in Finca Dracula.
When I last spoke with Andrew, he was planning to convert Finca Dracula into a botanical garden. It is really the ideal climate for a high elevation botanical garden. I certainly hope that they will be able to develop a botanical garden there. It would be the ideal monument for Andrew, who died on March 8, 2010.
Telipogon maduroi 'Memoria Arlene Jean', CBR/AOS. Exhib: Ron Griesbeck, photographer not listed.
A dear friend died from cancer on March 08, 2010. He lived in Panama but was born in Brooklyn in 1947. His name: Andres Maduro. But he liked to be called Andrew. His Sephardic ancestors came from Spain in the 17th century and landed first in Curacao before settling in Panama.
I met him in Lima, Peru at an orchid show in 1993. He and I became close friends over the years sharing a mutual passion for orchids. The last time I saw him was in New York City a few years ago, although we had been in touch by telephone on and off since then.
Andrew was a man of enormous generosity to which I can testify. His straightforward approach to life was with gusto and love. His easy-going demeanor and cogent comments meant you always knew where he stood on issues. He took life bursting with enthusiasm. He laughed easily and had empathy His many friendships around the orchid world were stronger than time and distance.Friends that reflected his warm heart, triple bypass notwithstanding.
Andrew's father Walter together with Robert Dressler founded the Panama Orchid Society which sparked a new interest in orchids in Panama. Andrew followed his father's leadership in the society up culminating with the organized the first and only international orchid show in Panama in 1995.
His knowledge of orchids sprung from an inexplicable inner feeling that we who grow and work with orchids have (but perhaps do not find easy to explain). While living in Panama City, he cultivated his orchids in two major environments in Panama .. one in Punta Chame which is at the tip of a long peninsular that projects into Panama Bay and bordered by the Pacific Ocean. There he grew many thousands of Dendrobium in a multitude of colors, some species but mostly hybrids. These plants produced cut flowers which were sold at his showroom/office in Panama City. But that's not all.
From Panama City going west northwest is a city near the border with Costa Rica called David. Air service takes one there in less than an hour from Panama City... otherwise it is a six hour drive. About a half hour north by car from David is the most remarkable creation of Andrew Maduro. Named Finca Dracula, it houses thousands upon thousands of orchids from all over Central and South America, Mexico, and other parts of the world. There are collections of many species from many genera; collections that have been used for research by many orchid scientists including Robert Dressler, Günther Gerlach, W. Königer, Carl Lüer, Tom Sijm, and several others. He maintained a great relationship with the Panamanian Environmental Ministry (ANAM) which enabled him to organize expeditions throughout the Panamanian forests and led to the discovery of hundreds of new orchid species. A few of these taxa were named after him making him the first Panamanian with such honor.
In 1995, Andrew Maduro established a propagation laboratory at Finca Dracula that is still functioning today. He has had a business relationship for many years with William Goldner whose company, Woodstream Orchids, marketed Maduro's propagated orchids in the United States.
Finca Dracula is a memorable orchid tourist attraction and should not be missed by any orchid lover with the means and the time to visit. Finca Dracula is but five minutes from Guadalupe, Cerro Punta. There are good hotels nearby.
Andrew's family survive him; Gloria, his wife of 33 years, and two sons, Andres (Choty) and Walter. Andres, studied plant genetics and will continue with Andrew's orchid work.
We, who have grown and worked with orchids over the years, know what it takes to do what Andrew did in his lifetime. Admiration is an inadequate word for what those who knew him feel. Miss him we will.
Specifically: burried on the premises of the Finca Dracula in Cerro Punta Chiriqui Panama
Created by: soilsister
Record added: Mar 24, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 87296441
went to the Finca Dracula yesterday ....|
Added: Mar. 24, 2012