Delaware State Names Retiring Botanist Professor Emeritus
Delaware State botanist Dr. Arthur Tucker was recently voted by the DSU Board of Trustees as professor emeritus of the university. Dr. Tucker, who will retire from DSU this summer after 37 years, will become the university’s seventh professor emeritus.
In 1977, Dr. Tucker and the late Dr. Norman H. Dill, professor of biology and agriculture, established an herbarium, which began as two cabinets of plant collections in the Baker Building. Because of the need for a such a facility on the Delmarva Peninsula, it took on a life of its own attracting the donation of numerous valuable plant collections, and ultimately resulting in the University’s construction of the current Claude E. Phillips Herbarium facility within the U.S. Washington Cooperative Extension Building.
In addition to being the only such facility on the Delmarva Peninsula, DSU’s Herbarium is the only functioning one among Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the country.