Distinguished Service Award

Each year one or two members are presented with the annual Distinguished Service Award.  The presidents of the MBC chapters constitute the selection committee.    The current MBC Vice President is usually the chair of the committee.   Each chapter may make one or two nominations.  Nominees need not be a member of their chapter, but must be a member of the Michigan Botanical Club.  Nominations are confidential and are not to be revealed to the nominees or to others.

This prestigious award is usually presented to the recipient at the Annual Spring Foray.  The award may be a plaque, picture or figurine.


Year Name(s)
2017 Craig D. Elston
2015 Richard Fowler and Robert Riepma
2014 Todd Barkman
2013 Roger Tharp
2012 Larry and Sarah Nooden
2011 Pamela Laureto, Irene Eiseman
2010 David Steen
2009 Becky Csia
2008 Bill Martinus
2007 Lynn Steil
2006 Neil Harriman, Dan Skean
2005 Caryle Spence
2004 Joann Athey
2003 Emily Nietering, Dennis Woodland
2002 Alta Lahner
2001 Bob & Betty Peebles
2000 Patrick F. Fields
1999 Kathleen A. Thomson
1998 James D. Doyle
1997 Barbara J. Madsen
1996 Elwood B. Ehrle
1995 Judy Kelly, Kay Wittliff
1994 Margaret Converse, Fred Nietering
1993 Howard Crum, Donna Schumann
1992 Isobel Dickinson, Erich Steiner
1990 Anton Reznicek, Beatrice & Dorothy Sibley
1987 Herbert Conant
1984 Richard Pippen, James Wells
1981 Helen Smith
1980 George W. Thomson, Paul Thompson
1978 Laura Roberts, Helen & Alexander Smith
1976 George & Thelma Thomson, Edward G. Voss
1973 Charles Buswell, Genevieve Gillette
1972 Fred Case, Phil DeGraff
1971 Charles Barclay, Laura Roberts
1970 Walter Nickell
1965 William Hopkins
1964 Gwen Frostic
1963 Jack Van Coevering, Clarence J. Messner
1959 Paul Van Buskirk, Genevieve Gillette
1955 Robert M. Powell
1953 Margaret Haigh, Grace Votey
1950 Shirley W. Allen, Charles F. Boehler
1949 Ruth Mosher Place, Albert E. Stoll
1948 H. H. Bartlett, Ernst A. Bessey
1947 Marjorie T. Bingham
1944 P. J. Hoffmaster