Horticulture department honors three for achievementsOct. 19, 2012
David Hensley, Department of Horticulture
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The horticulture department of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture honored two emeritus faculty members and one alumnus on Oct. 18 during ceremonies at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks in Fayetteville. The honorees are:
• Keith Patterson, recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award,
• Lloyd Martin, recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Service Award, and
• Gerald Klingaman, recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Service Award.
Patterson, a native of Paris, earned two degrees from the UA, a bachelor's degree in marketing in 1970 and a master's degree in horticulture in 1978. He was an Extension fruit specialist and horticulture faculty member at the UA from 1988 to 1992. He has since served as a faculty member at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, in the horticulture and crop science department and as director of viticulture. He is currently president of Vitis LLC, a vineyard management and consulting company in San Luis Obispo.
Martin was head of the UA horticulture and forestry department from 1992 to 1995. He provided oversight for the fruit substation in Clarksville and the vegetable substation in Kibler, coordinating the development of the headquarters facility in Kibler. He also coordinated development of a long-range plan for the horticulture department and successfully proposed the development of a postdoctoral position to complement the department's fruit breeding program. He has been a UA emeritus professor since 1996.
Klingaman was employed by the UA horticulture department from 1974 until his retirement in 2005, dividing his time between Cooperative Extension Service responsibilities and teaching/research tasks. His duties centered on nursery and greenhouse growing. He has written frequently for newspapers and gardening websites and magazines and has delivered numerous speeches to groups around the state. He is an emeritus professor and also the director of operations for the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, which has named its planned arboretum in his honor.