Ronald L. Hartman, 73, of Laramie, died, Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Hospice of Laramie. He was born February 11, 1945 in LaPorte, Indiana to Rudolph and Helen Tate Hartman. Ron grew up in Warsaw, Illinois, along the Mississippi River and he and his brother, David, built and manned a “Tom Sawyer raft of logs” to float the Mississippi before he graduated high school. Ron and David also spent summers on the family farm near Akron, Ohio, with their cousins. Ron was fortunate to travel with his family to every state in the union before he turned 18. Ron was an active Eagle Scout and spent his summers between college leading the Boy Scouts treks at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Ron was also active with his son, Jakota, in Cub Scouts and Laramie Boy Scout Troop #137.
Ron’s first two years of college were spent at Sterling College in Kansas, then he transferred to Western Illinois University, graduating with his Bachelors of Science. He returned to Laramie to complete his MS in Botany with C.L. Porter from the University of Wyoming. He earned his Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Texas, Austin, and his postdoctoral fellow from Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.
Ron spent 38 years as Curator of Rocky Mountain Herbarium and Professor of Botany at the University of Wyoming, having 52 graduate students over his career. Botany and his colleagues were always his first love. He has been honored to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Colorado Native Plant Society (2010), the certificate of Dedication of the “Ronald L. Hartman Excellence in Wyoming Botany” by the Wyoming Native Plant Society (2015), the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Plant Taxonomists (2016), and the Wyoming Biodiversity Science Award (2017) for his lifetime of work. Ron also earned Emeritus Professor status upon his retirement from the University of Wyoming and continued volunteering his time in the Rocky Mountain Herbarium daily. During his years as a botanist, he authored and co-authored many plant taxonomy publications and contributed several treatments to the Flora of North America volumes, the Intermountain Flora, and the Jepson manual, with 2 genus (Elaphandra and Hartmaniella) and 2 species (Hartmaniella sierra and Hartmaniella oxyphylla) named for him.
He is preceded in death by his parents, aunts, uncles, and some cousins. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, T.J. Poll of Laramie; his son, Jakota Hartman of Laramie; his brother, David Hartman (Judyann) of Thornton, Colorado; his nephew, Michael Hartman (Linda) of Broomfield, Colorado, and their children, Aiden and Mia; his niece Jennifer Wojniak (Joe) of Longmont, Colorado and their children, Katelyn, Grayce, and Abigayl.
Ron was donated to Science to further the research of Pancreatic Cancer and Parkinson’s Disease (PD). He challenged the (PD) diagnosis 3 ½ years ago by continuing his power walking all over Laramie and fought the progression of the disease by participating in the Rock Steady Boxing Program at the Eppson Center. He was then diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer 2 ½ months ago which took his life.
A private family service will be held later this summer.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ronald L. Hartman’s name to the Parkinson’s Association of the Rockies at www.parkinsonrockies.orgs