Hybridizer Ralph Stuart (1908-1980)
Wichita, KS (Region 18)
RALPH H. STUART March 1, 1980
AIS Region 18 lost a fine educator and a true irisarian March 1, 1980. Mr. Stuart was a member of Wichita Area Iris Club for more than 25 years, serving as sixth president during 1953-1954. He was an AIS Senior Judge and was an Honorary Life-time Member of W.A.I.C. Ralph was a fine hybridizer, successfully introducing the IB SNOW GNOME '74 that won an Award of Merit in 1978. His CHAMPAGNE MIST, a TB with very delicate pastel pink-orange color bordered in gold rims will be shown in St. Louis in 1981.
Ralph's life was education. He was first to earn a master's degree in political science from Wichita University where he was a student and lifelong friend of Dr. Hugo Wall. Ralph retired in 1973, devoting full time to raising flowers, especially iris. He was an ardent student of Hawaiian culture and had a large collection of Hawaiian music. He was also a collector of iris artifacts in sterling, china, paintings and glass. He was never married and is survived by one brother. (From Region 18 BULLETIN.)
Border Bearded: 'Iolani'
Intermediate Bearded: 'Snow Gnome'
Tall Bearded: 'Champagne Mist'
, 'Georgia Romance'
-- Main.RPries - 2012-05-18