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Obituary: S. Fredrik Anliot '60

S. Fredrik Anliot, long-time professor of biological sciences at Wilmington College, died on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 at Clermont County Nursing Care Center in Milford, Ohio. A native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Fred completed his undergraduate studies in biology and fine arts at Antioch College. He later earned a master's degree in botany at the University of Chicago and pursued doctoral work at Duke University. As part of his graduate training, Fred conducted research on alpine glaciation in Chile and Argentina. He also studied the ecology and flora of Glen Helen in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and published two leading books on the subject. Fred balanced his love of botany with an interest in poetry and landscape painting. In 1969, Fred joined the faculty at Wilmington College and for many years served as curator of the 32-acre Hazard Arboretum at the college. He loved nothing better than taking students on field trips to the Smoky Mountains and the Michigan Dunes. Apart from his work at the college, Fred became active in community affairs and local choral groups. In the early 1970s, he identified rare trees in the woods near the Caesar Creek Dam project and persuaded the Army Corps of Engineers to extend Caesar Creek State Park to the southwest to protect the trees. He also helped to create five new parks in Clinton County, one of which bears his name. Together with his friend, the late Dr. Nathan Hale, Fred identified thousands of large trees in Clinton County and recorded 146 various species. He also led nature walks throughout southwestern Ohio. Fred is preceded in death by his parents, Sture and Sara Mattsson Anliot; and a brother, Robert. He is survived by a brother, Richard; a sister, Mary A. Hertzman; his wife Joellen Sheffield; and a son, Karl Fredrik. Two memorial services will be conducted in Fred's honor. The first will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29 at Christ United Church of Christ in Ft. Thomas, Ky. The second will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 in Kelly Center on the Wilmington College campus. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Glen Helen Ecology Institute, 405 Corry St., Yellow Springs, OH 45387