As a young woman, noted ecologist and centenarian Elsie Quarterman resided at Ray City, GA. Canopy Roads of South Georgia notes, on June 9, 2014, “Aunt Elsie stepped over the final fence, dying peacefully at her home in Nashville, Tennessee, attended by her nephew Patrick and his wife Ann, as she had wanted.”
Elsie Quarterman, a daughter of Alla Irene Peek and David Sinclair Quarterman, was born 1910 in Lowndes County, Georgia. Her father worked as a Superintendent of City Works for the City of Valdosta, GA and her early childhood was spent in the city, where her family resided at 115 Varnedoe Street. Her grandparents, Susan Evalyn “Susie” Sinclair and Thomas Quarterman, lived in a house on Hill Avenue.
Sometime around 1918-19 the Quarterman family removed from Valdosta to a farm owned by Elsie’s father, located on Ousley road in Militia District 663 of Lowndes County. Living at the farm house along with her parents and siblings were her Scottish grandmother, and grandfather who was disabled. In 1921, the Quarterman family moved again to a farm located on the Hahira road in Georgia Militia District 1307, the Cat Creek District of Lowndes County. Elsie attended high school at Hahira. In the census of 1930, 19-year-old Elsie Quarterman is enumerated in her parents household on the family farm.
After high school, Elsie Quarterman attended Georgia State Womans College in Valdosta, GA (now known as Valdosta State University.) The 1931 Pine Cone, the college annual, gives her home town as Ray City, GA. Elsie graduated from G.S.W.C. in 1932 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Elsie Quarterman later attended Duke University where she earned a Master of Arts in Botany, and a Ph.D. in Plant Ecology. After achieving her doctorate, she joined the faculty of Vanderbilt University, and became the first woman to chair a department of that institution. She became a noted pioneer in the field of ecology with important publications on southern hardwood and pine forests.
Amazon.com lists four books authored by Dr. Elsie Quarterman:
- A summer check list of the vascular plants of the highland region (Publication – the Highlands Museum and Biological Laboratory) – Unknown Binding (1947) by Elsie Quarterman
- Southern mixed hardwood forest: Climax in the southeastern coastal plain : U.S.A – Unknown Binding (1962) by Elsie Quarterman
- ALLELOCHEMIC EFFECTS OF PETALOSTEMON GATINGERI ON THE DISTRIBUTION OF ARENARIA PATULA IN CEDAR GLADES – Unknown Binding (1975) by Barbara H & Quarterman, Elsie Turner
- Potential ecological/geological natural landmarks on the interior low plateaus – Unknown Binding (1978) by Elsie Quarterman
For more on the life of Elsie Quarterman and Quarterman family history, see Elsie Quarterman (1910-), Centenarian Ecologist
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