Françoise Ardré (1931-2010)
Word has reached us of the death of Francoise Ardré on 9 February, 2010, in Saint-Rémy les Chevreuses, France. Born in Paris on 17 February, 1931, Françoise had long been a helpful presence in the Laboratoire de Cryptogamie of the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, curating collections, assisting visitors in locating specimens in the complicated system of PC, and involved in editing Revue Algologie and its later reincarnation, Cryptogamie, Algologie. Her doctoral research, done under the direction of Marius Chadefaud and Jean Feldmann, was a study of the marine algae of the littoral shores of Portugal. Her 1970 and 1971 publications on the systematics and the ecology (horizontal and vertical distribution of the rocky shore macroalgae) are models of precise observation over an extended period. In addition to her significant contributions on the flora of Portugal, she published on the morphology and morphogenesis of the Rhodomelaceae (Pterosiphonia, Aphanocladia, and Symphiocladia) and Ceramiaceae (Ceramium and Centroceras). She also carried out life history studies, relying on collections made at Biarritz and Roscoff, to unravel the life histories of Schizymenia dubyi and species of Gymnogongrus. She also published on Grateloupia, Pelvetia, Coelothrix, Peyssonnelia, and Cyanophyceae. She is remembered by the generic name Ardeanema R.E. Norris et I.A. Abbott (1992) and by Botryocladia ardreana J. Brodie & Guiry [now Irvinea ardreana (J. Brodie & Guiry) Guiry)], and Pterosiphonia ardreana Maggs & Hommersand.
Her friends and colleagues will always remember her charming personality and her wonderful sense of humor.
M. J. Wynne, Ann Arbor, Michigan