Dr. Stanwyn G. Shetler passed away on Monday evening, 4 December 2017, from complications related to Parkinson’s disease. Stan was born on 11 October 1933 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He grew up in rural Hollsopple about 15 miles to the south of Johnstown and attended the nearby Johnstown Christian School, founded and directed by his father who was also a Mennonite minister.
He attended Eastern Mennonite University, Cornell University and earned his PhD in Botany from the University of Michigan. Stanwyn spent his career at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, beginning as an assistant curator of botany and rising to become deputy director of the museum. His publications number well over 100 scientific, technical, and popular titles, including three books. Stanwyn’s research travels took him across North America and to parts of South and Central America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Stanwyn was active in his church and taught Sunday school for many years. Always the story teller, he made every encounter an entertaining learning experience, passing on his love of God and Nature to the next generation.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years Elaine, two children Stephen Shetler and Lara Shetler Kizer, sisters Maretta Hostetler-Towers and Carol Lazer, brother Leonard Shetler and step-mother Dorothy Shetler.
A Memorial Service will be held January 13, 2018 at 2:00pm at the Leesburg Church of the Nazarene. In leu of flowers the family asks a donation be made in his memory to the Audubon Naturalist Society, Virginia Native Plant Society or the Adler Center.
In lieu of flowers the family asks a donation be made in his memory to the Audubon Naturalist Society, Virginia Native Plant Society, Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy or the Adler Center.