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Carl Gortzig, director behind Cornell’s Path system, dies at 87

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Carl Gortzig, former director of Cornell Botanic Gardens, passed away Saturday, June 2, 2018, at age 87. He was professor emeritus and former chair of the Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture (FOH) Department in Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Gortzig served as acting director of Cornell Botanic Gardens in 1988, and returned as director from 1993 to 1996. One of his most notable achievements was the creation of what was then known as the Plantations Path system. This series of nine interconnected pedestrian trails totaling eight miles, supported by the Cowie Family, features interpretive information on the natural and architectural history of the Cornell Campus.

Gortzig and his wife Jean are honored with a plaque at the Cornell Botanic Garden which reads, "In honor of Jean and Carl Gortzig In recognition of their 57 years of service to Cornell in so many roles, in so many ways from so many friends, April 1997"

Read more in a June 11 Cornell Chronicle article.