Lucien Edward "Ned" Roberts

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January 29, 1935 - September 1, 2006 - Lucien Edward "Ned" Roberts, age 71, died September 1, 2006 in Penrose Hospital. He was born in Carrollton, GA, on January 29, 1935 to Dr. and Mrs. Lucien Emerson Roberts and Ellen Ballard Roberts. While doing his undergraduate work at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM, Mr. Roberts met Betty Tovar, whom he married in 1955. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy and Political Science and a Masters Degree in History and Education. He taught English and History in the Las Vegas Public Schools. In 1961, the Roberts relocated to Albuquerque, and Mr. Roberts taught in the Albuquerque Public Schools before working on his Doctorate at the University of New Mexico. He remained at UNM until he retired in 1988. During his UNM tenure, Mr. Roberts was an Administrator with the Institute of Applied Research Services. Mr. Roberts began hybridizing Hemerocallis (daylilies) in the 1980's. His interest was in developing new forms, and he concentrated his efforts on Spiders and Unusual Form types. He began registering his daylilies in 1994 and registered a total 125 cultivars in a period of twelve years. During this time, Mr. Roberts won a multitude of awards from the American Hemerocallis Society (AHS). His Hemerocallis `Skinwalker', a huge, beautiful pinkish/lavender cascading form, is recognized all over the United States and abroad. It has won Honorable Mention and Award of Merit citations, and in 1994, it won the Harris Olson Spider Award. His flowers have also garnered awards on the show table. H `Skinwalker' and H. Desert Icicle' have won Best Spider and Best Unusual Form in daylily shows in nine regions. Mr. Roberts was co-president of the Colorado Springs Daylily Society. He was an AHS garden judge and instructor and an exhibitions judge and instructor. He has served as a Garden Judge Liaison for Region 6 (New Mexico and Texas) and Region 9 (Alberta, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Saskatchewan, Utah, and Wyoming). As a noted hybridizer, Mr. Roberts has conducted programs, and/or Exhibitions Clinics and Garden Judges Workshops in 13 of the 15 AHS Regions. He recently won the Region 9 Service Award. Mr. Roberts is survived by his wife Betty, twin daughters Ellen Sommers (LaMar Sommers) of Colorado Springs, Betty Alexandria Roberts of Highlands Ranch, grandchildren Allison and Nathan Sommers, and brother Calvin Alexander Roberts (Susan Fleming) of Albuquerque. A Memorial Service is being held on Thursday, September 7, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at Village Seven Presbyterian Church, 4050 Nonchalant Cir. S., Colorado Springs, CO, 80917. A reception will follow in Leonard Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Roberts' name to the American Cancer Society, 1445 N. Union Blvd., Suite B100, Colorado Springs, CO, 80909, or to the AHS Youth Fund. Mail all AHS contributions c/o Jerry Pate Williams, 8497 Wetherfield Lane, Cincinnati, OH, 45236.
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Published in The Gazette on Sept. 6, 2006
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