Siri von Reis

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Siri von Reis
Siri von Reis in 2011 at the Metropolitan Room in Manhattan
Born Siri Sylvia Patricia von Reis
(1931-02-10) February 10, 1931 (age 84)
Nationality USA
Occupation botanist, author, and poet
Spouse(s) Arthur Altschul (divorced 1972)
Children Arthur Altschul, Jr. (born 1964)
Emily Helen Altschul (born 1966)
Serena Altschul (born 1970)

Siri Sylvia Patricia von Reis (born February 10, 1931) is an American botanist, author and poet. She is of half-Finnish and half-Swedish ancestry.[1] She has worked as an investigator at the New York Botanical Garden.

Personal life[edit]

She was married to Jewish American banker Arthur Goodhart Altschul (1920 – 2002) who was a Goldman Sachs Group partner. They divorced in 1972. They had three children:[3]

  • Arthur Altschul, Jr. (born 1964); in 2013, he became engaged to Palestinian newscaster Rula Jebreal[4]
  • Emily Helen Altschul (born 1966); in November 2002, she married John Miller (journalist), former host of 20/20, the weekly news magazine on ABC, in Manhattan.[5]
  • Serena Altschul (born 1970) is an American broadcast journalist, at MTV News.



  • Schultes, R.E.; Altschul, S. 2005: Ethnobotany: The Evolution of a Discipline
  • Reis, Siri von 2001: The Love-Suicides at Sonezaki and other poems
  • Altschul, S.; Lipp, F.J.Jr. 1982: New Plant Sources for Drugs and Foods from the New York Botanical Garden Herbarium
  • Altschul, S. 1977: Exploring the Herbarium.
  • Altschul, S. 1975. Drugs & Foods From Little-Known Plants - Notes in Harvard University Herbaria
  • Altschul, S. 1972: The Genus Anadenanthera in Amerindian Cultures