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Founding Faculty Member Homer Chapman

(May 2005)

Professor Emeritus Homer D. Chapman, a former director of the Citrus Experiment Station and a founding faculty member at UC Riverside, died April 14, 2005, at age 106.

Born in 1898 in Wisconsin, he studied agriculture at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After earning a doctoral degree in 1927, he came to Riverside as a researcher with the Citrus Experiment Station, which later became the Riverside campus of the University of California.

Dr. Chapman chaired the Department of Soils and Plant Nutrition from 1938 to 1961 and directed the Citrus Experiment Station from 1951 to 1952. He developed methods to determine fertilizer needs of citrus plants; chaired the committee that organized the first International Citrus Symposium; and served as the first honorary president of the International Society of Citriculture.

He retired from teaching in 1966 but remained active with his research and consulting. Daisy Chapman, his wife of more than 70 years, died in 1999 at the age of 96.

Dr. Chapman is survived by many nieces and nephews.

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