A Memorial for Jocelyne Couture-Nowak

Blacksburg, VA (April 20, 2007)- Jocelyne Couture-Nowak was a gardener and lover of trees. Her sudden death, and the loss of so many lives this week, is a great sadness for the nation. If you would like to make a contribution to help the Horticulture Department at Virginia Tech create a garden to remember Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, please read the following, provided by urban forestry colleague Susan Day.


Dear Urban Forestry Friends,
The horticulture and urban forestry community at Virginia Tech is grieving the loss of Jocelyne Couture-Nowak. As you may know, Jocelyne was the wife of the Jerzy Nowak, the head of the Horticulture Department. She was a Canadian citizen and professor of French language here at Virginia Tech. All of us here at Virginia Tech have received an outpouring of concern from our friends and colleagues. I think it is fair to say that we are moving from a state of shock and confusion to a state of grieving and mourning. I am writing to tell all of you how much we appreciate all your thoughts and prayers, and inform you of one particular loss of the many our campus experienced this week.
Many have asked how they might express their feelings and support for Virginia Tech. Your thoughts and well wishes are valuable to us in and of themselves. The Horticulture Dept. has also set up a foundation to create a garden area named for Jocelyne. This is a very fitting memorial for Jocelyne- she loved plants and flowers and trees. Her garden in Nova Scotia was a colorful mass of flowers in a cottage style. Here in Blacksburg, she was exploring the new plant palette and sharing plants with all of us. She would always take me out to look at her trees and discuss their training and structural pruning. She gave that nurturing care to her students and family and all of us and we miss her terribly.
For information on the memorial to Jocelyne, please visit Virginia Tech.