Elizabeth J. Farnsworth ’84, of Amherst, Mass.

Elizabeth J. Farnsworth ’84, of Amherst, Mass.; Oct. 27. She was a senior research ecologist and director of education at the New England Wild Flower Society in Framingham, Mass. She conducted research projects in plant ecology all over the world, taught at universities, and developed ecology education projects for children. Her work was recognized and supported by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. She served as a scientific consultant to government agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. National Park Service, and the Environmental Protection Agency. She published 54 scholarly papers, numerous magazine and newspaper articles, and several books. She was author of the Society’s State of the Plants report, cocreator of the Society’s Go Botany website, and wrote the “Earth Matters” column for the Daily Hampshire Gazette. She received several awards for her work, including Harvard’s Bowdoin Prize. She enjoyed building wooden boats, kayaking, playing guitar and piano, and singing in contemporary and classical chorales. She is survived by her brother, Robert L. Farnsworth ’76; a sister-in-law, Georgia N. Nigro ’76; two nephews; an aunt; and four cousins.

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