Alice Faber Tryon, eminent student of ferns and fern spores, was a member of the New England Botanical Club since 1968 and was its first woman president. She was born Alice Elizabeth Faber in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 2 August 1920, the second of three children of Arthur H. and Laura Bindrich Faber. All four of her grandparents had roots in Germany. Known in her family as an ambitious and hardworking woman, Alice was Aunt Fern to her nieces and nephews. Alice graduated from the Milwaukee State Teacher's College, now the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, in 1941. After several years teaching in public schools, she went on to the University of Wisconsin at Madison where she met Rolla Tryon and married him on 16 March 1945. This initiated a happy and enduring domestic partnership and a research synergism whose productivity has nourished pteridologists throughout the world. She also completed her...

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