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Name: Pady family (1900-2004)


Historical Note:

Stuart McGregor Pady was born in Arnprior, Ontario, Canada, on November 15, 1905.  Educated in Ontario, he graduated from McMaster University in Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1928 and a Master of Arts degree in 1929.  As a doctoral student at the University of Toronto, he married Rose Annie Maw in 1931.  Two years later, Stuart received his Ph.D. in Mycology, Plant Pathology.

Pady received a Fellowship in Botany from the National Research Council and did his work at the New York Botanical Gardens between 1933 and 1935.  He then joined the faculty at McMaster University for one year, and then became Head of the Biology Department at Ottawa University, in Ottawa, Kansas, from 1936 to 1945.  During this time, Pady and his wife adopted two children: Donald in 1937 and Helen in 1942.

In 1945, Stuart taught botany at Kansas State College in Manhattan, Kansas, for one year.  Then, the Padys moved to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where Stuart joined the McGill University faculty and taught botany.  During this time, he received research grants from the Defence Research Board, Ottawa, Canada, on Arctic Aerobiology.

In 1952, the Padys returned to Manhattan, Kansas, as Stuart became Head of the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Kansas State College, now Kansas State University.  He served in this capacity until 1967, when he returned to the classroom.  During his tenure he recevied several research grants from the United States Department of Health Education and Welfare, National Center for Air Pollution Control, to study airborne fungi.

Pady enjoyed a sabbatical from July 1969 to March 1970 at Waite Agricultural Institute, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia.  During this time he also was a consultant for the USAID program at Andhra Pradesh University, Hyderabad, India.

Rose Annie Maw was born in Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, on January 28, 1900.  While not a college graduate, she was important to Stuart's academic life by often typing his research papers and attending academic functions with him.

Stuart retired from Kansas State University in 1973 and they moved to Ottawa, Kansas, the following year.  After living in Ottawa for twenty years, they returned to Manhattan in 1994.  Rose died there in June 1997, followed by Stuart's death in January 2004.

Sources: Stuart and Rose Pady papers and their son, Donald S. Pady.
Note Author: Cynthia A. Harris





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