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The Foundation:

The Daniel E. Stuntz Memorial Foundation was established in 1985 by a group of friends, amateur mycologists, former students, and colleagues to honor the late Dr. Stuntz, Professor of Mycology, who taught at the University of Washington.

The Stuntz Foundation enables students to pursue their interest in mycology as Dr. Stuntz would have encouraged them to do. Dr. Joe Ammirati, now Professor of Botany, and a former student of Dr. Stuntz guides his mycology students through their graduate studies with some help of the proceeds from our capital fund. The Herbarium at the University of Washington was created by Dr. Stuntz and is continuously fed by mycologists who visit and work at the U.W. with the help of the Stuntz Foundation.

The Trustees are hopeful that the continued support of those interested in wild mushrooms as part of our ecosystem will continue to contribute and support the efforts of young taxonomists and ecologists by contributing to the assets of the Stuntz Foundation. The board would like to sponsor more studies and educational activities, and with your help the fund will grow and produce enough revenue to fulfill the dreams of young mycologists and volunteers in the service of forest ecosystem protection and classification.

Dr. Stuntz:

Daniel Elliot Stuntz was born on March 15, 1909 in Milford, Ohio. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Washington in 1935 and his Ph. D. from Yale in 1940. After 18 years of teaching, he was made Professor of Botany at the University of Washington, a position he kept until his death in 1983.

In addition to being a dedicated teacher of Botany and Mycology, his efforts helped establish the Herbarium at the University of Washington and his interest as bibliophile became a legacy of numerous rare books on Botany to the University. Indeed, his many interests as musician, composer and gourmand, as well as his devotion to sharing his knowledge, time and unending energy teaching mycology to students and the general public for forty years, inspired wide spread respect, affection and love. It is to honor such a man and his life's work that the Stuntz Foundation was established.


The Foundation

Dr. Stuntz