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Alum Connection Blooms Suddenly

Duncan Himmelman ’73, a program manager at the New York Botanical Garden, kept an appointment on his business calendar one day, thinking it would be a typical meeting. When he arrived in the classroom of Dick Rauh, an instructor in the botanical illustration program, he saw Rauh had several plant specimens set up in the room in preparation for teaching the students about plant morphology. In conversation, he volunteered that he had studied botany at Hobart. Himmelman was then surprised to learn that Rauh was also a Hobart grad, class of 1947.

“What a neat moment it was to bond with one of our long term teachers (more than 15 years at the NYBG) and Hobart alum,” says Himmelman.

Dick Rauh graduated from Hobart College with a B.A. in English and earned a Ph.D. in biological sciences from CUNY. He received a Gold Medal for his illustrations of dry fruits and other remnants in the January 2006 Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show in London, where he also earned a “Best in Show.” His work has been exhibited in the Connecticut Invasive Plants show at the Peabody Museum in New Haven and in the touring show of New York Invasive Plants. While at Hobart, he was active with the Little Theater.

Duncan Himmelman holds a Ph.D. in ornamental horticulture from Cornell. He graduated from Hobart College with a B.A. in biology and was active in Koshare and the Little Theater.  He has more than 20 years experience in practicing and teaching horticulture.