sad news

While not totally unexpected I find myself very unsettled this morning to hear that Bob Churilla, NCD ARS Regional Director, passed away Sunday, July 21st. Arrangements are pending. Last August he was involved in a terrible auto accident that left him severely disabled. In addition to his contributions to the ARS Bob was a mentor and very good friend to many of us in the midwest. Tears today for a great loss.

Bob was a great friend of hybridizers. At the ARS Spring National Convention in Minneapolis a few years ago he hosted a luncheon and the RHA meeting at his home. As I recall we had a teriffic time in his lovely garden. He will be missed - an outstanding individual. John & I offer condolences to his family.

My condolences goes to his friends and family. I am sadden to hear such a loss for a man whose life was like a rose when taken from the peak of beauty. Many people will miss him, and I wish I could had personally known him.