Nelson (Bill) Jarmie
If one can imagine a mushroom heaven, rich in its beauty and diversity, then
peering through a microscope of pearl and polished diamond one would surely
find Nelson Jarmie. Those fortunate to
have known Bill will all agree that he has earned that reward. Bill died
Friday, May 14th, 2004, after an extensive and courageous battle with
Bill was a noted physicist who dedicated many years to the Los
Alamos Labs, and had been an avid skier.
We remember Bill also as a long time member of
NAMA and NMMS who contributed
significantly to the world of amateur mycology.
I remember my first visit to a meeting of
NMMS, in 1995. The
program was offered by Bill Jarmie and Fran Rogers, who were just
completing a 5-year study of Los Alamos area fungi. There could not have
been a better presentation to stimulate the interest of one just introduced
to the experience of amateur mycology. Along with a vivid description
of their project, Bill and Fran presented their soon-to-be-published Report for the
Los Alamos National
Bill & Fran also amassed an impressive collection of fungal
specimens which they ultimately donated to the
Denver Botanic Gardens.
What little time I had to spend with Bill I enjoyed immensely. I wish there
had been more.
I hope that at the upcoming NMMS
Foray we can dedicate a portion of our time to remembering Bill Jarmie.
And most certainly at the Banquet which follows, we will raise our glasses
in his honor.