[Fwd: [Lilium] Edward McRae]

Arnold Trachtenberg arnold@nj.rr.com
Fri, 21 Nov 2008 18:39:29 PST
  From the Lily group. A truly kind and generous man.

Edward Austin McRae

October 25, 1932 - November 16, 2008

Edward A. McRae was born October 25, 1932, in Echt, Aberdeenshire, 
Scotland, the son of William McRae and Barbara Jeannie Smith McRae. He 
was reared by his grandparents William Smith and Wilhelmina Ferguson 
Smith after his mother’s death in his infancy. After an apprenticeship 
at Fyvie Castle Gardens, he served in the Royal Air Force as a weather 
telegrapher in the Suez Canal. He then completed studies at the 
Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden, remaining as botanical foreman for four 
years. In 1961 he joined Jan de Graaff’s Oregon Bulb Farms, in Sandy, 
Oregon, hybridizing lilies there for over 25 years. In 1988, he began 
hybridizing lilies at Van der Salm Bulb Farms, in Woodland, Washington. 
Upon retirement in 1995, Ed founded the Species Lily Preservation Group, 
centered at Lava Nurseries in Parkdale, Oregon. During his career, he 
authored numerous articles on lilies and the book Lilies: A Guide for 
Growers and Collectors.

Ed was a founder of the Pacific Northwest Lily Society, deacon and elder 
of the Sandy Community Presbyterian Church, and past president of the 
Sandy Kiwanis. Ed became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1986 but was 
always proud of his Scottish heritage.

Ed and Judith L. Freeman were married in 1972; their daughter Catherine 
Joy McRae was born in 1974, and their son Andrew Edward McRae was born 
in 1980. Ed and Judith divorced in 1990 but remained friends and 
colleagues, and Judith continued to oversee Ed’s care as his health 
declined in recent years.

Ed is survived by his son Andrew, his daughter Catherine Joy van der 
Salm, his son-in-law Ruud van der Salm, and his granddaughters Juliana 
van der Salm and Annelies van der Salm, all of Vancouver, Washington; 
his sister Pearl Ledingham and his brother Alaisdair McRae of Scotland, 
3 nieces, 3 nephews, 5 great-nieces and 3 great-nephews. He was preceded 
in death by his mother Barbara, brother James, father William and 
brother-in-law Robert Ledingham..

The family is deeply appreciative of the wonderful care Ed received from 
Sofia Filip, Livia Gagea, and Tina Bogdocian at the Kay Family Home in 
Vancouver, Washington, where he moved after suffering a stroke in July 
2006 They made it possible for Ed truly to enjoy his last years, 
surrounded by his family, his friends, and his lilies.

A memorial service for Edward A. McRae will be held at 11:00 a.m., on 
Saturday, November 29, at Vancouver First United Methodist Church, 33rd 
& Main Streets, Vancouver, Washington.

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