An incomplete list, in alphabetical order by approximate category.
The Arnold Arboretum is deeply saddened to hear the news of Freda Rebelsky's passing. Freda was a long-time supporter of the Arboretum and also a very dedicated volunteer docent. As you know, she was much revered for her work at Boston University, and her passion for social justice was clearly evident. She also had a great passion for plants, and was a serious and engaged learner. She enrolled in many of the Arboretum's adult-education classes, adding horticulture and landscape history to a long-list of personal interests. Freda clearly lived a richly rewarding life and she will be missed.
Thank you for thinking of the Arnold Arboretum as a way to memorialize Freda. Anyone who would like to make a contribution to the Arnold Arboretum in memory of Freda can do so by simply noting on their check "In memory of Freda Rebelsky." Checks should be made out to "The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University" and mailed to:
Audrey Rogerson, Director of Development
Boston, MA 02310
We will compile a list of those who make a contribution in memory of Freda, and are happy to share that list with her family, and with you as well, if you would like. Those gifts will be placed into a fund that is specifically designated for the care of our landscape, which of course includes tree planting as well as overall tree care.
Unfortunately, we are not currently able to place recognition/memorial plaques on benches in the Arboretum. The Arnold Arboretum is unique private-public partnership between the City of Boston and Harvard University and, as a result, the City "owns" all of the benches. To make a long story short, this currently means that we are unable to place plaques on the benches. This is something that we are hoping we can change in the future, since many people are very interested, as you are, in memorializing a friend or loved one in this way.
At our 30th Anniversary Celebration last spring, the Board of Boston Mobolization honored Freda's retirement from the Board by starting a scholarship in her name to be awarded to a female Mobe intern. The first recipient, Kristen Jones, was with us this fall. It's one way we at Mobe will make sure we continue to honor Freda through the years and all that she has done for us. [Sam notes that Mobe is still willing to accept donations toward this scholarship.]
Sam has temporarily lost the note from MFA.