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Thank you for taking time to visit the Tony Kirchgessner Memorial donation page, to raise funds for his daughter Julia's education.  We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and want to support his family in any way we can. Thank you so much for your thoughts, prayers, well wishes, and incredible support.  

Tony touched many lives.  We would love to have tributes and photos posted here, along with your financial contributions.  Here is one tribute that was distributed to the New York Botanical Garden staff, just after we learned of Tony's passing:

Dear Colleagues,   I am very saddened to report that Tony Kirchgessner, Information Manager in the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, passed away suddenly this weekend.  He was representing the Garden at a biodiversity informatics conference at University of Florida in Gainvesville at the time of his death.  Barbara Thiers remembers Tony in this poignant recounting of Tony's time with us:   Tony joined the herbarium staff in 1995, as our first database manager.  He was a key part of the evolution of the Virtual Herbarium into worldwide resource it is today.  Tony was the fastest, most accurate data enterer ever to work at the Garden, and he passed these skills on to many staff over the years.  He was extremely clever with wrangling data into and out of any format, and knew all the tricks and intricacies not just of our database system, but of the many databases that communicate with ours.  We cannot yet imagine how we are going to manage without him.   Tony was a kind, gentle, wickedly funny man of very wide interests.  Some years ago he took a six month leave from the Garden to hike the length of the Continental Divide trail, and he completed the hike on schedule without mishap. He was a talented barbershop quartet singer and pianist, and recently taught himself Russian, just for fun.  Tony was always reading something interesting, and was eager to share his favorite books.

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