Sad news from Professor emeritus of Botany Iain Taylor regarding Janet Stein:
I am sorry to report that Janet Stein Taylor died peacefully, in the Nanaimo Hospital Palliative Unit, early on the morning of January 16th 2016. She was 85 and had been in relatively good health until about 2 months ago when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer that had metastasized to her liver. She was nevertheless alert and active until a week or so before her death, and her main wish for me was that I prepare her scientific obituary that I have attached to this message.
As indicated she specified in her very concise way that there was to be no service or public obituary, but I do ask you to pass the news to her friends who may not know.
I am sure that Janet would like you to remember her in any way you see fit.
Iain has written a more extensive scientific obituary that is now posted on the Botany website (https://www.botany.ubc.ca/people/janet-ruth-stein-taylor).
Briefly, Janet was a member of UBC Botany from (1959-1985). Her research interests were in the Freshwater and Estuarine Algae (especially) of British Columbia. She did extensive fieldwork and identification and data base preparation for what is now part of the E-Flora of BC: Electronic Atlas of Plants of British Columbia www.eflora.bc.ca. She established the algal part of the UBC Microbial Culture Collection, and was the Organizing Editor of the 4 volume Handbook of Phycological Methods; published by Cambridge University Press between 1973 and 1986. Janet married Roy Taylor, then Director of the UBC Botanical Garden and moved with Roy to the Chicago Garden in 1985, and then to the Rancho Santa Ana Garden in Claremont CA. They retired to Nanaimo where both became involved in matters botanical and horticultural and were very active volunteers Janet was predeceased by Roy in 2013.