Frederick W. Case, Jr., an outstanding teacher and horticulturist, was as a man of many accomplishments with a passion for nature. As the author of Trilliums and Orchids of the Western Great Lakes Region, Fred’s work is a legacy at MNA. His botanical research helped find a home for almost all of the known Michigan native species of orchids and trilliums.
An MNA member since at least 1984, Fred placed third on the Honors List for individuals sharing the knowledge of their finds and secret places. His selections were listed as acquisitions in the seventh edition of the MNA Nature Sanctuary Guidebook published in 1994.
Known for sharing his adventures and knowledge with others, Fred and his wife Roberta co-authored many magazine articles about plants and gardening. He taught biology and natural science at Arthur Hill High in Saginaw until his retirement. During his time at Arthur Hill, he was named Honor Alumnus in 1978, Outstanding Biology Teacher in Michigan in 1971 and Outstanding Science Teacher in 1987.
Despite his outstanding accomplishments and awards, Fred maintained a friendliness that others admired.
“He was never impressed by titles,” MNA Trustee Stan Kuchta said. “We will all miss his acquaintance.”
Fred passed away in January at the age of 83. His knowledge and presence will be deeply missed by MNA.