grew up on a farm in Western Pennsylvania, attended Allegheny College
in Meadville, PA, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
in Philadelphia. After a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship
in Cardiology he joined the Cardiology Division of the Childrens
Hospital of Pittsburgh in 1961. He headed the Division from 1967
to 1994, when he became the Medical Director of Childrens.
Bob has authored a textbook of Pediatric Cardiology and over 100
papers. One study, done on the Tibet-Qinghai Plateau in West China
showed that some forms of congenital heart disease were more common
in children born at high altitude. The higher the altitude, the
greater the numbers, with an incidence several hundred times the
expected at the highest study site, a village situated at 16,000
feet above sea level. Bob retired from Children's in July 2004.
Bob has summited
Mt. Whitney in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, backpacked
into the Grand Canyon and climbed Mt. Emei, a holy mountain in China.
Other interests include reading, golf, skiing and an unsuccessful search
for a giant meteorite. Bob and his wife Jan live on a farm
near Beaver Falls, PA and have 4 children and 8 grandchildren.
in wild flowers began in 1975, when his daughter Ann asked for his
help in identifying 20 wildflowers for a science project. Over the
next 20 years Bob identified and photographed 159 species of wildflowers
in Western Pennsylvania. During his semi-retirement he spent
more time searching for new species - on walks through the woods
and fields near his home, and on drives along country roads. The
collection grew more quickly: 79 new species in 1997, 58 in 98,
83 in 99, 69 in 00 and 49 in 01, 26 in 02, 48 in 03, and; 28 in 04 for a current total
putting together a field guide but at the suggestion of his son
Jim he settled on a web site instead. This web site was developed
at Zoltun Design,
by Rick Zoltun, Eric Sonson and Tim Speicher. Bob provided the photographs,
the species descriptions (each a synthesis of descriptions from
several guide books and from personal notes), lists of common, Latin
and secondary names, descriptions of all the different families
represented, and an identification system based on family characteristics.
Of course, not
all species found in Western Pennsylvania are included here, since
this site is the work of a single person. But most of the common
flowers and some rare ones are included. One of the least common,
Pink ladys slipper, was found in a grove of hemlock trees
after an octogenarian friend remembered seeing them there several
decades before. She was taken to the site by Bob and one of his
grandsons, to her considerable delight.