Lois H. Tiffany Scholarship Fund
Dear Colleagues and Friends;
Few people can say that their entire career was spent at one place of employment. Fewer still can say they worked at that job for over 50 years.
Lois Tiffany's career at Iowa State University spanned more than five decades. Taking into account her studies at Iowa State and her continued work in retirement, that career actually stretched well over 60 years.
A fixture in ISU's Botany and Plant Pathology Department, which later became the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, Dr. Tiffany passed away September 6, 2009. The department, the college, and the state of Iowa bid farewell to "Dr. T" and "Iowa's Mushroom Lady."
Dr. Tiffany was highly regarded as a mushroom expert in the state, was an emeritus distinguished professor and served as the curator of fungi in Iowa State's Ada Hayden Herbarium. Her vast mushroom research was added to an online database, "Fungi of Iowa," managed by the Herbarium.
During her tenure at ISU, she authored or co-authored well over 100 publications and professional reports. her most recent co-authored publications were the second edition of Mushrooms and Other Fungi of the Mid-continental United States and Mushrooms in Your Pocket: A Guide to the Mushrooms of Iowa.
Dr. Tiffany received three degrees from Iowa State: Bachelor of Science in 1945, Master of Science in 1947 and Ph.D. in 1950. She joined the Botany faculty in 1950, at a time when only three other women were teaching science on campus.
The EEOB Department has established the Lois H. Tiffany Scholarship Fund. Originally established to honor Dr. Tiffany's retirement from ISU in 2002, this fund will provide awards to graduate students working on some aspect of evolution, systematics, or ecology, with a preference given to those students studying fungi. The award will be given in support of research, either field work or lab work.
Jonathan F. Wendel, Professor and Chair