|Death: ||Mar. 14, 2008|
DR. HERMAN J. REITZ, Professor Emeritus and for many years director of the University of Florida's Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, died March 14, 2008, at age 91.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, April 8, at 2:30 PM at The Atrium, 2431 NW 41st St., Gainesville.
Published in the Gainesville Sun from 4/2/2008 - 4/3/2008.
DR. HERMAN J. REITZ, passed away March 14, 2008 in Gainesville, Florida, at age 91. Dr. Reitz was Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida, where he spent 36 years as an internationally-known horticulturist and director of the University of Florida's Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, Florida.
Born to T. Max and Flora May Reitz on July 5, 1916, in Belle Plaine, Kansas, he spent his early years on a Sumner County wheat farm that had been homesteaded by his family in 1872. He was the youngest of four children. His early education was in a one-room country school; two of his school mistresses married his elder brothers. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State College in 1939, where he was a member of the Farmhouse Fraternity, an agricultural scholastic society. The first in his family to attend graduate school, he received his Master of Science degree from Ohio State University in 1940 and his Ph.D. in horticulture from Ohio State University in 1949.
DR. HERMAN J. REITZ – Citrus Research 1916 – 2008
Dr. Reitz was a Lieutenant (j.g.) in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He saw active duty in the Pacific from 1942 until 1945 and was in Tokyo when Japan surrendered. In February, 1945, he married Women's Army Corps staff sergeant Alice, from Cimarron, Kansas, whom he had known for many years.
In 1946, Dr. and Mrs. Reitz moved to Florida where he joined the faculty of the University of Florida as Associate Horticulturist. His research focused on the nutritional problems of citrus. He authored or co-authored more than 75 research publications, the most notable of which is "Recommended Fertilizers and Nutritional Sprays for Citrus," for many years the authoritative work on the subject. He was promoted to Horticulturist in 1950 and in 1957 was named Director of the Citrus Experiment Station (now the Citrus Research and Education Center) at Lake Alfred. He held this post until 1982, when he was elected Professor Emeritus.
Dr. Reitz was held in high esteem by his academic associates and the citrus industry for his contributions to Florida agriculture; his influence on the industry was recognized by many honors. He received the J. H. Gourley Award in Pomology from the American Society for Horticultural Science in 1951, an honor he shared with Dr. John W. Sites. He was elected a fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science in 1968, received the Presidential Gold Medal from the Florida State Horticultural Society and was elected an honorary member of that society in 1970, and received the Plant Protection Award of Eminence from the Florida Department of Agriculture. He was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1972, to the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame in 1976, and the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1982. He was also elected to membership in Sigma Xi, Gamma Sigma Delta, Phi Kappa Phi, and Alpha Zeta.
Dr. Reitz served as president, officer, or board member in many societies. He was active in the American Society for Horticultural Science as a member of the Executive and Finance Committees, General Chairman of the 1970 Annual Meeting, and Editor of the Operations Committee. He was chairman of the Quarterly Publication Committee of that society, laying the groundwork for the publication now known as Hortscience. He served as President, Chairman of the Executive Committee, and Secretary of the Florida State Horticultural Society. He served on the Joint State Agricultural Experiment Station-U.S. Department of Agriculture Task Force on Fruit. He served the International Society of Citriculture as President and on that society's Board of Directors from 1971 to 1981. He was Chairman of the 1977 Citrus Congress, held in Orlando, Florida in 1977, Chairman of the D-A-R-E Citrus Committee, Chairman of the Florida Department of Citrus's Better Fruit Program Committee, member of the State Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Budwood Registration Program's Technical Advisory Committee, member of the Florida Department of Citrus Fruit Classification and Standards Committee, and General Chairman of the Arrangements Committee for the 1970 meeting of the American Society for Horticultural Science.
Dr. Reitz is survived by his wife Alice, now living in Gainesville, Florida, daughter Elizabeth J. Reitz of Athens, Georgia, and son Max A. Reitz, of Alachua, Florida.
Memorial services will be a announced at a later date and interment will be in Winter Haven, Florida. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the charity of your choice.
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Created by: Vera Mikell Sodek
Record added: Apr 02, 2008
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