Helen Hart obtained her Ph.D. degree in plant pathology from the University of Minnesota in 1929. After graduating, she continued her career at the University of Minnesota working on stem rust of cereals. Her work with cereals included studies on physiologic races and development of host plant resistance to stem rust. Hart had superb language and editorial skills and used these talents to train many students in the department and edit hundreds of manuscripts. She was very active in APS, serving on APS Council for 12 years and becoming the first woman president in 1955. She was elected a fellow of the society in 1965.
(Submitted for publication July 2008.)