Julius Oscar Boos

Julius Oscar Boos of West Palm Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully on July 11, 2010, in the hospice unit of Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach, after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 64.

Julius was born in Trinidad on January 5, 1946, to Oscar and Gwen Boos, one of three children. Although he was incredibly bright, Julius never enjoyed going to school. He surprised his family by leaving high school and choosing the hard and dangerous life of an oil rig worker, where he quickly advanced from laborer to supervisory positions in Trinidad, the Amazon jungles of Ecuador, and the Catalan region of Spain.

His insatiable curiosity and endless experimentation led to life as a natural scientist, an expert recognized worldwide despite his lack of academic credentials. He became a leading member of the International Aroid Society and, at the 2009 IAS conference in Coral Gables, Florida, Dr. Thomas Croat, curator of the Missouri Botanical Gardens, presented him with a plaque naming a new species of flowering plant in his honor, Anthurium boosii. He was consultant to Dr. Lise Winer, author of Dictionary of the English/Creole of Trinidad and Tobago. Journals in which his writings were published include Aroideana, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Journal of Arachnology, Living World, Coleopterists Bulletin, Herpetologica, and Systematic Zoology. Julius collected large numbers of botanical and zoological material over his lifetime, sending specimens to various experts.

Julius is survived by his wife, Susan Carter Boos, his older brother, Hans, many Carter and Boos in-laws, cousins, nephews and nieces, and countless friends.

A memorial service will be held August 21, 2010, at 2:00pm, at Holy Name of Jesus Church in West Palm Beach. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the Susan Boos Trust Fund or to the American Cancer Society.


Hetterscheid, W. L. A., J. Bogner & J.O. Boos. 2009. Two new Caladium species (Araceae). Aroideana, 32: 126 – 131.

Boos, J. O. 2008. Additional notes on Philodendron xanadu (Araceae). Aroideana, 31: 107 – 112.

Banta, J., J. O. Boos, B. Fuerstein, &  M. Mattlage. 2007. Growing aroids from seed. Aroideana, 30: pp? (Need to verify authors.)

Cock, M. J.W. & J. O. Boos. 2006. Observations on Sphingidae (Lepidoptera) from Talara, north coastal Peru. Revista Peruana de Entomologia, 45: 75-78.

Boos, J. O. 2005. A new species of Xanthosoma from Trinidad, W.I. Aroideana, 28: pp?

Croat, T. B. , S. J. Mayo, & J.O. Boos. 2002. Anew species of Brazillian Philodendron subgenus Meconostigma (Araceae). Aroideana, 25: 63 – 66.

Boos, J. O. 1997. Observations on New World Araceae -  Lasieae. Aroidiana, 20: pp?

Boos, J. O. & H. E. Boos. 1993. Additions to the aroid flora of Trinidad with notes on their probable origins and uses. Aroidiana, 16: pp?

Boos, J. O. 1993. Experiencing Urospathas. Aroideana, 16: pp?

Francke, O.F. & J. O.  Boos. 1986. Chactidae (Scorpiones) from Trinidad and Tobago. Journal of Arachnology, 14:15-28.

Boos, J.O. 1986. The family Aristolochiaceae in Trinidad, with reference to its medicinal uses, its folklore, and its use as a larval foodplant by Papilionidae. Living World, 1985-1986: 48-51.

Boos, J.O. 1986. Notes on the life history of Catoblepia berecynthia berecynthia (Cramer) (Lepidoptera: Brassolidae). Living World, 1985-1986: 31-32.

Boos, J.O. 1986. Notes on curious methods of locomotion in two iguanids from Trinidad, West Indies. Living World, 1985-1986: 26.

Boos, J. O.  &  B. C. Ratcliffe. 1985. A new subspecies of Inca clathrata (Olivier) from Trinidad, West Indies, and range extensions for Inca clathrata sommeri Westwood  (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Trichiinae). Coleopterists Bulletin, 39: 381-389.

Ulrich, F.C., & J. O.  Boos. 1982. Metamorphosis of Dynastor macrosiris Westw. (Lepidoptera Brassolidae). Living World, 1981-1982: 34.

Boos, J. O. 1979. A new butterfly record for Trinidad, West Indies - Selenophanes c. cassiope (Cram.) (Lepidoptera: Brassolidae). Aurelian, 1: 1

Gorman, G.C., & J. O. Boos. 1972. Extinction of a local population of Anolis lizards through competition with a congener. Systematic Zoology, 21: 440-441.

Gorman, G. C., P. Licht, H. C. Dessauer, & J. O. Boos. 1971. Reproductive failure among the hybridizing Anolis lizards of Trinidad. Systematic Zoology, 20: 18, 13

Boos, J. O., & V. C.  Quesnel. 1971. Notes on Kentropyx striatus in Trinidad, West Indies. Herpetologica, 27: 477-481.

[Obituary written by Stacey Skinner, Julius's niece, with help from Ted Knight and Christopher Rogers. A slightly condensed version was published in the Palm Beach Post August 3, 2010. Bibliography compiled by Christopher Rogers. If you can supply missing page numbers or additional citations, please send to tedk1@bellsouth.net.]