Miklos Treiber

(30 October 1949 – 11 October 2012)

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) is the primary repository for vascular plant specimens collected by Dr. Miklos Treiber.  Thus far we have found 247 specimens collected by him, but without doubt more will be found as cataloging of our collections continues,

Other herbaria which curate specimens collected by Treiber include the Gray Herbarium of Harvard University (GH), James F. Matthews Center for Biodiversity Studies (UNCC), New York Botanical Garden (NY), San Juan College (SJNM), University of Georgia (GA), and Western Carolina University (WCUH).  Most of these specimens were collected while Treiber was at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and distributed by NCU.

Miklos Treiber, 1975. Photo by Del Williams, Ph.D.

“Dr. Miklos Treiber, 62, of Morganton [North Carolina] died Thursday, October 11, 2012.  Born in Hungary on October 30, 1949, he was the son of the the late Helen Hoffer Treiber.  He immigrated to the U.S. at age 7 during the Russian Revolution [sic; Soviet invasion of Hungary] and grew up in Livingston, New Jersey.  He graduated from Miami University of Ohio and received his Ph.D. in botany from University of North Carolina [at Chapel Hill].  Dr. Treiber worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Landsat Division and was a veteran of the Vietnam War.  He settled with his family in Morganton in 1981 where he worked and became an owner of Valley Rental Centers.  Dr. Treiber is survived by his wife of 36 years, Linda Kelly Sprinkle Treiber of the home; daughters, Dr. Kimberly Treiber of Ft. Worth, TX and Dr. Kyle Treiber Spencer of Cambridge, England… Dr. Treiber was preceded in death by his son, Colin Guy Treiber on September 7, 2002… In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Burke County Rescue Squad, PO Box 371, Morganton, NC 28680, to the Bimini Biological Field Station Foundation, 9300 SW 99th Street, Miami, FL 33179, or to the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, PO Box 129, Linville, NC 28646.” (1)

Dr. Treiber’s widow, Kelly Treiber was co-owner of “The Muses Bookstore” in Morganton from 1972 until its closure in 2011. (2)

Many of Treiber’s specimens deposited at NCU were collected for his doctoral thesis “Biosystematics of the Arisaema triphyllum complex” ; his doctoral advisor was Dr. C. Ritchie Bell.  Treiber and fellow graduate student Guy Nesom collected many specimens together in Martin and Halifax Counties in North Carolina which resulted in a publication about beech communities on the coastal plain.

Treiber, Miklos and Alan E. Krusinger.  1975.  Inferential techniques for soil depth determinations.  Part I.  Coleognyne ramosissima Torr. (Black –Brush). Army Engineer Topographic Labs, Fort Belvoir, Va.  Accession # ADA024355

Nesom, Guy L. and Miklos Treiber.  1977.  Beech – mixed hardwoods communities:  a topo-edaphic climax on the North Carolina coastal plain.  Castanea 42(2):  119-140.

Treiber, Miklos and Alan E. Krusinger.  1979.  Inferential techniques for soil depth determinations.  Part II.  Artemisia filifolia Torr. (Sand Sagebrush). Army Engineer Topographic Labs, Fort Belvoir, Va.  Accession #ADA066944  https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a066944.pdf

Treiber, Miklos.  1979.  Composites as host plants and crypts for Synchlora aerate (Geometridae).  Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society 33(4):  239-244.

Treiber, Miklos.  1980.  Biosystematics of the Arisaema triphyllum complex.  Doctoral thesis, Botany Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Satterwhite, Melvin B., Ponder Henley and Miklos Treiber.  1982.  Vegetative cover effects on soil spectral reflectance.  Army Engineer Topographic Labs, Fort Belvoir, Va.  Accession #ADA123817 https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a123817.pdf

1.  Sassoman Funeral Home & Crematory Center.  2012.  Dr. Miklos Treiber.  http://www.sossomanfh.com/obituary/5913-dr-miklos-treiber accessed on 2 April 2020.
2.  Chang, Julien.  2011.  After 4o years, bookstore’s story near the end.  The News Herald, 3 Feb. 2011.  https://www.morganton.com/news/after-years-bookstore-s-story-nears-the-end/article_be05eb4e-ec68-5ef1-96ec-a47148e45502.html accessed on 2 April 2020.