Douglas Dwight Sharp

(30 September 1945 – 29 April 2017)

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium (NCU) curates approximately 150 vascular plant specimens collected by Douglas D. Sharp.  Most were collected for his Master’s thesis, “The phytosociology of the weed communities of Scotland County, North Carolina” which he completed in 1974 with advisor Dr. Helmut Leith in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Botany Department.  He usually typed his labels and used “D. Sharp” as his name.

As we continue to catalog our collections it is very likely we will find more specimens collected by Mr. Sharp.


Mr. Sharp’s obituary:
“Douglas Dwight Sharp
Passed away on April 29, 2017 at the age of 71. Doug obtained a Master’s Degree in Botany and Plant Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and worked toward a Ph.D. in Science Education at the University of Michigan. He was a retired science teacher with the Detroit Public School system. He loved all things science and could always be counted on to help solve that tricky science homework question. He was passionate about new learning, old movies, fly fishing the Manistee River near Frederic, MI, solving all the questions on Jeopardy, stamp collecting, politics, and attending his grandkids sporting events.
Heart research, innovations and good medical care kept him alive to see his grandkids grow, and for that we are grateful.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William I. Sharp, and Clarissa Belle (Sutton) Sharp Bloss and his brother, William I. Sharp, Jr.
He is survived by his daughter, Brooke (Jeff) Frommeyer; former spouse, Joye Sharp; grandchildren, Ali and Jack; sister, Lynn Schrader; sister-in-law, Joanne Finnegan and many special cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at St John Church and Student Center, 327 MAC, East Lansing, MI. with visitation one hour prior.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Douglas to the American Heart Association, Memorials and Tributes Lockbox, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL”1

PUBLICATIONS (possibly incomplete list):

Sharp, Douglas D. 1974.  The phytosociology of the weed communities of Scotland County, North Carolina.  M.A. Thesis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Sharp, Douglas D. et al. 1976.  Agricultural and forest primary productivity in North Carolina, 1972-1973.  Raleigh:  North Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station.


  1. Obituary.  Douglas Dwight Sharp.  Dignity Memorial.  accessed on 26 July 2022.