Flags to Be At Half-Mast Monday in Memory of Horticulturist, Student

Thursday, January 5, 2006

  • Henry Kock

    Henry Kock

Written by uoguelph.ca

Campus flags will be at half-mast Monday to mark the Saturday memorial service for Henry Kock, a horticulturist at the Arboretum for more than 25 years, who died Dec. 25.

The lowering of the flags also honours Darragh McGowan, a graduate student in the Department of Plant Agriculture, who died Dec. 22 in his home town of Limerick, Ireland.

A celebration of Kock’s life will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the River Run Centre, 35 Woolwich Street, Guelph.

A U of G graduate, Kock was a leading authority of native woody plants and longtime fixture in the Guelph community. He was known for his biological eco-activism. Among other things, he established gene banks for rare plants and initiated the province’s Elm Recovery Project. In 2004, he was named one of Canada’s most outstanding gardeners.

Funeral services for McGowan were held Dec. 26 in Ireland. A graduate research assistant and master’s student, McGowan studied golf course management and was researching non-pesticide strategies to deal with problems on putting greens.

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