THE GRADY L. WEBSTER AWARD was established
in 2006 by BSA President (1983) Dr. Barbara D. Webster, and daughter
Dr. Susan V. Webster to honor the life and work of husband and father,
Dr. Grady L. Webster. The Grady L. Webster Award
is a rotating award presented by the American Society of Plant Taxonomists
and the Botanical Society of America in alternating years. Dr. Webster
was an ASPT President (1982), BSA President (1993), and recipient
of both the ASPT Asa Gray Award (2006) and the BSA Merit Award (1997).
The American Society of Plant Taxonomists and the Botanical Society
of America are pleased to join together in honoring Grady.
Grady is remembered as a person whose contributions have been truly
monumental in the recent history of plant systematics and constitute
a massive body of work that rivals anything produced through the
initiative and influence of a single individual. More importantly,
Grady inspired young people with his passion and energy for seeing
plants in their natural habitat and his global knowledge of vegetation.
He will be remembered for the importance of his contributions to
our knowledge of tropical and subtropical plants; his infectious,
wry sense of humor; and his warm and constant support of his friends
The BSA component of the award, the Grady L. Webster
Structural Botany Publication Award recognizes the most
outstanding paper published in the American Journal of Botany
in the field of structural and developmental botany (i.e., anatomy
and morphology) over a two-year period (January 2015 - December