Carroll E. Wood Jr., Professor of Biology Emeritus at Harvard University, former Curator of Harvard's Arnold Arboretum, mentor and friend to students and botanical collaborators, died in his home in Boston's South End on 15 March 2009 in his 89th year. The cause was congestive heart failure.
Carroll's professional interests in botany ranged widely. He described himself as a naturalist, by which he meant he enjoyed field observation and botanical puzzles, particularly those involving his specialties, taxonomy, plant diversity and nomenclature, biosystematics, phytogeography, and species biology. He was erudite, scholarly, modest, approachable, and an enthusiastic, skilled, and admired teacher.
Carroll Wood began to add to the literature of biology at the start of graduate school, building on field studies he pursued in college and before. His bibliography, appended below, illustrates in substantial degree his botanical (and other) interests, highlights of which follow.
Insectivorous plants held a special fascination for Carroll....