In Memoriam: Lorelei Norvell

September 6, 1943 -August 4, 2023

Lorelei Louise Norvell, 79, died peacefully at home in Portland, Oregon, from complications caused by cancer. She was born in Oakland, California, Sept. 6, 1943 to David and Betty Lehwalder. She married G. Todd Norvell on June 12, 1964. Lorelei earned many academic honors on the way to receiving a B.A. in Germanic Languages at Knox College IL, a B.Sc. in botany in Portland State University OR, and ultimately a PhD in mycology from the University of Washington in 1998.

Lorelei served mycology in many ways most recently as Editor of the journal, Mycotaxon. As an expert in fungal nomenclature, she was Secretary of the Nomenclature Committee for Fungi, the international group that makes the final decision on conservation of fungal names. Dr. Norvell also served as Editor of Inoculum and as Secretary of the Mycological Society of America. Additionally, she was a world renown expert on the genus Phaeocollybia, especially in the Pacific Northwest, and published many new species especially with Ron Exeter and Scott Redhead.

Lorelei is survived by her children, Forrest and Owen (Ronecca); her grandchild, Todd; and her cats, Atticus, Rufus, and Djibouti. A full memorial for Lorelei will be written and published in Mycologia.