Eugene H. Varney
Eugene H. Varney (90) died on June 26, 2014. He came to Cook College at Rutgers University as a blueberry/cranberry specialist for the USDA (Department of Agriculture), but shortly became a professor of plant pathology.
He was an expert in mycology and virology and was particularly known for his teaching and concern for students. He generously shared his expertise with everyone; many of his students were known to call him Mr. Mushroom. His influence on students, colleagues, and friends was appreciated by many and live on today as their contributions play an important role in our society. He retired from Cook College in 1988, but continued to participate in the life of the college through teaching.
Varney was a dedicated member and past president of the New Jersey Mycological Society and worked to identify and classify the mushrooms of New Jersey for their herbarium. He received the Society's Lifetime Service Award for 30 years of distinguished service in 2011. He assisted the New Jersey Poison Control Center in the identification of mushrooms suspected to be poisonous. He was also honored as an Invited Participant to the International Symposia in New Delhi, India, in 1967 and 1971 and with a visiting professorship at the University of Wisconsin in 1968-1969.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations are made to The Unitarian Society or The Rutgers Gardens (Rutgers University, 112 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, N.J. 08901).
A memorial service is held on July 12 at 2 p.m. at The Unitarian Society, 176 Tices Lane, East Brunswick, N.J.
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