In Memoriam...

Holly Society of Americca

Kenneth McDonald Jr.
February 5, 1935 - January 31, 2017

Kenneth McDonald Jr., a Hampton native passed away January 31, 2017, after a long illness. He was born in Elizabeth City County, Virginia, to Kenneth McDonald and Helen Morris McDonald on February 5, 1935, in Dixie Hospital. He graduated from Hampton High School in 1952, and then attended Virginia Military Institute, where he participated in cross country and swimming. He graduated in 1956 with a bachelor of science in civil engineering and later became a licensed Civil Engineer. After graduating from VMI, he entered the Army as a 2nd lieutenant. Ken was stationed at Fort Bliss in Texas, Fort Sill in Oklahoma, and Hanau, Germany. He retired from the Army as a Captain in 1963 and went to work with his father at Le-Mac Nurseries, Inc., in Hampton. Le-Mac Nurseries was founded in 1927 by Ken's father and a Frenchman, Jacques Legendre. The nursery at first grew general nursery stock and later specialized in growing evergreen azaleas to be shipped throughout the eastern U.S. to nurseries, garden centers, and florists. Ken took over management of Le-Mac in 1965 when his father died and continued there until his own retirement in 2004. The nursery name was changed to Le-Mac Azaleas in its later years, as its specialty was azaleas and rhododendrons. Ken enjoyed travel and hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains and other mountainous areas in the Southeast observing the native azaleas. He was active in many local and national associations including the Virginia Nurserymen's Association (past president), VMI Alumni Peninsula Chapter, American Rhododendron Society (district director), and was also active at the local level in the Middle Atlantic Chapter ARS as president and longtime board member. He was a member of the Colonial Virginia Chapter of the Holly Society of America (past chapter president and board member), Hampton Roads Horticultural Society (past president and board member), the Exchange Club, and served on the Hampton Roads Sanitation District Commission. Gardens of special interest are the Sandra and Kenneth McDonald Azalea and Rhododendron Garden at James Madison University's Edith J. Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, VA, and the McDonald Hybrid Azaleas area at the Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk. Ken is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sandra Kibbee McDonald, Ph.D., children Kenneth Allen McDonald (Cheryl) of Smithfield; Amy McDonald Blow (Wes) of Newport News; Leslie Margot Gerber (John) of Berthoud, Colorado; Brian Neil McDonald (Margaret) of Memphis, Tennessee; Scott Douglas Gerber, Ph.D. of Ada, Ohio; granddaughter Isabel Alessandra McDonald, Tennessee; sister Marjorie McDonald Gordon (Bruce), Hawaii. The family will receive friends on Friday, February 10th from 5 to 7pm at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home with the funeral at St. John's Episcopal Church on Saturday, February 11th at 1:30pm. A reception will follow at the church parish house. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, 100 West Queen's Way, Hampton, VA 23669; the American Rhododendron Society, ARS Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 214, Great River, NY 11739 or Perc Moser, ARS Research Foundation, 301 Caversham Rd., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010; or Virginia Military Institute, Funeral arrangements made by R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home.
Published in Daily Press from Feb. 3 to Feb. 5, 2017


Dorothy Eleanor Anderson
June 05, 1930 - October 11, 2016

Dorothy Eleanor Anderson (née Blanchard) died on October 11, 2016, after battling breast cancer. She is survived by Charles Anderson, her husband of 64 years, her children David Anderson and wife Karen, Catherine Anderson, Karen Storms, Dean Anderson and wife Amy, Virginia Chandler and husband Bill. She was blessed with 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, October 15 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Glyndon, MD.

A remembrance of Dot from family friend Bill Kuhl

Dorothy (“Dot”) Anderson was lost to this world on October 11, 2016. This wonderful lady was a longtime member of both the Holly Society of America and the Chesapeake Chapter of the Holly Society. The wife of Charles Anderson, former president of both organizations’ she faithfully accompanied him to every meeting, assisting him in ways too numerous to mention. Dot was a familiar sight at these meetings, wearing her Holly Society sweatshirt.

Dot was a loving, kind, and gentle person. She supported Charlie as he developed an excellent collection of Ilex. I would visit Charlie's hollies at his home in Baltimore County, Maryland at least once every year to take cuttings. On one visit a certain female holly, Ilex opaca, caught my eye, and I asked him which one it was, hoping to propagate it. He said it was just a seedling that grew in the yard. I helped myself to the cuttings and immediately began calling it ‘Charlie's Angel’. The name just seemed to fit because Dot in many, many ways certainly was his angel.

Dot was also responsible for naming a seedling holly growing in Charlie's collection. An upright, hybrid male holly was found growing along and hugging their property line. This holly genetically includes a lot of I. cornuta and I. pernyi. It has been registered and introduced as
I. ‘Hugger’.

In memory of Dot and because of her interest and support for the Holly Society, any donations to the Holly Society in her name would be appreciated.




Charles McComb
Charles McComb passed away January 1, 2015
Peggy and family will be planning a Memorial Service at a later date.
Charles was a founding member of our Colonial Virginia Holly Society Chapter.
Our hearts and prays are with Peggy and her family at this sad time.

Dr. Charles McComb, the Colonial Virginia Chapter of the
Holly Society of America, and the Newly Named
Charles McComb Scholarship for Nature Camp Students.

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Elizabeth M. Welch

On January 25, 2016, Elizabeth Truslow Welch beloved wife of Robert Bond Welch, M.D.; dear sister of Margaret Truslow Kane Hupfeldt and Nellie Collins Hutchins; devoted
sister-in-law of Mrs. John T. Geary; dear aunt of Brian, Betsy, Claudia, Amos,III , Rebecca, Christopher, Nancy, John, Anne-Steuart and Hal. A Memorial Eucharist Service will be held on Saturday February 6th at 1:00 PM at St David's Episcopal Church, 4700 Roland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21210. Please omit flowers.

Memorials in her name may be made to St. David's Episcopal Church, The Robert Bond Welch Professorship in Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Institute of Johns Hopkins Hospital or Wilkinson Welch Hoover Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology at GBMC. Arrangements by the family-owned MITCHELL-WIEDEFELD FUNERAL HOME INC.
Published in Baltimore Sun on Jan. 29, 2016

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Kit Richardson
(Catherine F. Richardson)
A homemaker who filled the yard of her Ruxton home with
her holly collection, died Aug. 14, 2013
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Sybil Przypek
A founding member of the HSA, Colonial Virginia Chapter passed on
Thursday, July 25, 2013. She was also a past president and wrote many
articles for their chapter newsletter.
Read Full Obituary, click here.

Bill Ackerman
A renowned plant hybridizer at the National Arboretum,
passed away on July 6. He produced some amazing
holly hybrids, including 'B51517', one of our Test Hollies for 2009.
See Washington Post Article, click here.


Above art: Official Seal of The Holly Society of America, Inc.


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