In Memoriam: Gary Lincoff

The Mycological Society of Toronto, NAMA and the wider world of amateur mycologists is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Gary Lincoff. Gary had an extraordinary impact on the field of mycology. NAMA presents The Gary Lincoff Award for Contributions to Amateur Mycology—an award that Gary himself received in 1986 and that is now given in his honour.

Many of us have well-worn copies of ‘The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms’ (1981) a watershed book for the field of mycology. Gary published and edited several other books over the course of his distinguished career including ‘The Complete Mushroom Hunter, An Illustrated Guide to Finding, Harvesting, and Enjoying Wild Mushrooms’.

He taught courses on mushroom identification and led many forays throughout the United States and internationally.

Gary will be greatly missed by everyone within the North American Mycological Association and its member clubs, including the MST. Our thoughts are with Gary’s family, friends, and colleagues at this difficult time.