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I am very touched to find these webpages telling me more of the work of Dr Kehr. He corresponded with my father Klaus Bode about the Kehr family history and my father has passed on his letters to me. They are very thoughtful and gently expressed. There was also much generosity in the family information he passed on. It is very lovely to know that I have distant relatives in America. I also enjoy gardening and can't help feeling a little proud to be connected in a modest way to Dr August Kehr.
Robert Wayne Flick
As the eldest grandson of August Kehr, I have fond memories of my time spent with my grandfather as he planted so many of the Magnolias, Azaleas, and Rhododendrons. These were names that I learned from him over many summer vacations spent at my grandparents homes in in Silver Springs and Tranquility Place in North Carolina. I will never forget the time spent with him building retaining walls, bridges, and dams in the brook. His greenhouse was always a place of mystery and wonder to me and only now do I know the impact of the work that went on there. It continues to amaze me that such a humble and gentle man could be so talented as to create such a following. I miss him terribly and fear the loss of such a civilized soul in this uncivilized world.
I knew Augie as a friend and benefactor through 20 years. He registered M. sieboldii 'Pride of Norway' (R 17-6)upon my request.
He always wrote me letters/e-mail discussing magnolias. A very kind man. I miss him!
This is a great tribute to some of the talents of Dr. August Kehr. As his nephew, I have known him for over 60 years and have always held him in the highest esteem. I remember back in the late 40s, while still in grade school, I gathered samples of wild onions from his old homestead in Unadilla, NY. He used these samples for research as part of his PHD thesis at Cornell University. Not only did he excel in his field, he was a devoted family man with a true faith in God. I miss him greatly.
Herb and I are so pleased to see the Southeastern Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society honor Dr. Kehr in this way. It's a fine tribute to a giant of a man in the plant world.
Janet (Kehr) Flick
I can't tell any of you how much this memorial means to my mother and I.
Besides being a genius with plants my father was a good and gentle man
with a wonderful sense of humor. I always felt it an honor to be August
Kehr's daughter and hopefully some small part of what he was rubbed off
on me. The exception to that would be the talent with plants. I can kill
off an azalea faster than you can blink!