Schmidt, Clifford L  (1926-2008)

Schmidt, Clifford L (1926-2008)

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Biological Sciences

Academic Rank


Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

Stanford University, 1967 Ph.D.

San Jose State College, 1958 MA

San Jose State College, 1955 AB

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University,1961-1990

San Jose Unified School District, 1956-1960

Administrative and Professional Experience

Dept. of Veterans' Affairs, Accountant, State of Oregon, 1948‑52.

Selected Publications

Harvey, H. T., Hartesveldt, R. J., & Stanley, J. T., eds. 1972. Wilderness Impact Study Report, "Vegetational Studies Overview" by C. L. Schmidt. Prepared for the Sierra Club.

Stebbins, G. L., & Taylor, D. W., eds. 1973. A Survey of the Natural History of the South Border Region, California, Biotic Themes, C. L. Schmidt, pp. 166‑186. Prepared for the National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior.

Schmidt, C. L., Chen, J. L., & van Seventer, R. 1976. Hands on Botany. John Wiley & Sons.

Schmidt, C. L. 1988. "Vegetation of the Santa Cruz Mountains, California" in J. L. Vankat, ed., Vegetation of the Southwestern United States. Special Publication Number 1 of the North American Section of the International Association of Vegetation Science.

Schmidt, C. L. 1993. "Ceanothus (Rhamnaceae)" in J. C. Hickman, ed., The Jepson Manual Higher Plants of California, University of California Press, Berkeley.

Personal Commentary

After retiring we returned to Salem, OR where we enjoy life. After finishing my work on Ceanothus for The Jepson ManuaL Higher Plants of California, I was asked to provide the treatment for the same genus for The Flora North American project. This effort is headquartered at the Missouri Botanic Garden in St. Louis, MO.

To properly do this treatment, I needed a university connection. The herbarium staff at Oregon State University has provided me with the necessary support and secured a Courtesy Professor position in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. My treatment will appear in Volume 7 of the 22 volume flora which includes all plants in North America north of Mexico. We just returned from St. Louis putting together the finishing touches including necessary distributional data and art work. My work on this project will be completed by the end of 1996.

The first two volumes of Flora of North America have already been published by the Oxford University Press and the third volume is ready for publication.

Date Completed: 10/96

Adapted from: Biographies of Retired Faculty San Jose State University 1997: A Project of the Emeritus Faculty Association of San Jose State University. San Jose, CA: The University, 1997.


Schmidt, Clifford L  (1926-2008)