MATHIAS, Mildred Esther (1906-1995), renowned botanist, conservationist and friend of Carey Stanton. Mathias played an important role in supporting Carey Stanton's decision to leave his portion of Santa Cruz Island (90%) to The Nature Conservancy upon is death. The agreement was signed in 1978, and Stanton died in 1987.
She served on the Santa Cruz Island Foundation Advisory Council until her death in 1995.
One of her legacies is the creation of the Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant Program Sponsored by the UC Natural Reserve System. The Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant Program is open to University of California graduate students of any discipline who plan to work at one or more sites in the NRS. A maximum of $38,000 is awarded each year, with each applicant receiving up to $3,000. The grants commemorate Mildred E. Mathias, former professor of botany at UC Los Angeles and a cofounder of the NRS.
Another is the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, a 7-acre botanical garden located on the southeastern corner of the University of California, Los Angeles campus, California.
- 1989. Mathias, Mildred The Fascinating History of the Early Botanical Exploration and Investigations in Southern California Aliso 12(3):403-8433 1989