Laurie, Alex 1892 - 1982
Professor Alex Laurie was born in France in 1892 but was brought to American in 1903. He emigrated to this country where he graduated from Townsend House High School in New York City. He received his B.S. degree at Cornell University in 1914 and his M.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1917.
Professor Laurie became instructor of horticulture at the University of Maine in 1914. However he went to the Missouri Botanic Garden in St. Louis in 1916 where he remained until 1920. After five years in commercial floriculture (1920-25) he became Assistant Professor of Horticulture at Michigan State College in 1925. In 1929 he became Professor of Horticulture at The Ohio State University and Associate Horticulturist of the then Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station. He retired in 1952 and became Emeritus Professor. In 1952 he went into private business in Florida.
He was president of the American Society for Horticultural Science in 1936. He was also a member of the Royal Horticultural Society of London. For some years he was secretary-treasurer of Roses, Inc.
Professor Laurie was author of the following books:
Fertilizers for Greenhouse and Garden 1929
The Flower Shop 1930
Chrysanthemums under Glass and Cultivars 1930
The Modern Nursery (with L.C. Chadwick) 1931
Commercial Flower Forcing (with L.C. Chadwick) 1934
Commercial Flower Forcing, 2nd edition (with G.H. Poesch) 1939
Soil less Culture Simplified 1940
Commercial Flower Forcing, 3rd edition (with G.H. Poesch) 1941
Commercial Flower Forcing, 4th edition (with D.C. Kiplinger) 1944, 46, 48
Garden and Greenhouse Chrysanthemums (with D.C. Kiplinger) 1946
Commercial Flower Forcing, 5th edition (with D.C. Kiplinger) 1948
Floriculture Fundamentals and Practices (with Victor H. Ries) 1950
Commercial Flower Forcing, 6th edition (with D.C. Kiplinger and Kennard S. Nelson) 1958
Commercial Flower Forcing, 7th edition( with D.C. Kiplinger and Kennard S. Nelson) 1968
Professor Laurie developed an outstanding division of floriculture in the department of Horticulture and The Ohio State University. He had accumulated a vast amount of knowledge during his long period in the field of floriculture. His work with photoperiodism was outstanding and was a specialties were roses and chrysanthemums which were utilized in research over a long period. Professor Laurie had many graduate students and was known as an outstanding teacher.