MURPHYSBORO—Walter James Sundberg, Ph.D., 76, formerly of Carbondale and Murphysboro, passed away Thursday, Oct. 22, in Seasons Memory Care in San Antonio, Texas. Both of his children and his brother were present and at his side during his passing.
Walter was born Sept. 16, 1939, in San Francisco, California, to Lloyd and Mary Sundberg.
He completed his bachelor's and master's degrees at San Francisco State College and completed his doctorate at the University of California at Davis. He was a faculty member in the Plant Biology Department at Southern Illinois University for 31 years. His specialization and passion was mycology. As a member of several mycological associations, he shared his enthusiasm for fleshy fungi with students and amateur mushroom enthusiasts at many forays throughout the United States.
Walter is survived by his wife, Fran Rogers Sundberg of Murphysboro. He is also survived by his two children, Barrett Sundberg of Austin, Texas, and Tana Burnett of San Antonio, Texas; their mother, Jan Sundberg of Carbondale, and his brother, Lloyd Sundberg of Roswell, Georgia.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Eugene Sundberg.
Celebration of life services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at Touch of Nature in the Friends Room. A reception with light refreshments will follow, concluding by 4 p.m.
The Dr. Walter Sundberg Plant Biology Scholarship through SIU Foundation has been established for those wishing to contribute.