|Birth: ||Nov. 4, 1914|
Val Verde County
|Death: ||Jun. 13, 2006|
Dr. Anita N. Griffiths
ENTOMOLOGIST. Florida citrus industry pioneer. He earned a Ph.D. in entomology from Iowa State University in the 1930s then took a job as an assistant professor of entomology at Auburn University. In 1943, he joined the United States Army and was sent to the South Pacific to work on the disease problems soldiers were suffering from an entomological standpoint. In 1945, his service was completed and he left the Army and settled in Florida. He became one of the original post-war staff members at the University of Florida's Citrus Experiment Station in Lake Alfred, Florida. He published approximately 75 articles in scientific journals and citrus industry publications during his five years at the Station. In 1951, he joined Lyons Fertilizer Company. In 1954, he joined Eloise Groves Association as Production Manager. From 1959 to 1967, he was General Manager of Cypress Gardens Citrus Products. This was during the time that frozen concentrated orange juice was being developed, and he was charged with helping to generate a market for the product. From 1967 until 1981, he served as Special Projects Director for Florida Citrus Mutual in Lakeland, Florida. While at Mutual, he served on the Florida Citrus Research Advisory Council, the Spreading Decline Committee, and the Young Tree Decline Committee. He was active in the Florida State Horticultural Society, the Florida Entomological Society, the Florida Citrus Production Managers Association and the Florida Farm Bureau. He was also a charter member of the Ridge Runners, the first discussion group for citrus production managers. Upon retiring from Florida Citrus Mutual in 1981 until his death, he was director of the Citrus Grower Associates. He is perhaps best known for his efforts for Florida citrus growers in fighting for water rights and for continued use of key pesticides. He was inducted into the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame in 1998. He died just five days after receiving the Florida Grower Magazine's 2006 Citrus Achievement Award. After his death, the Agricultural Advisory Committee of the Southwest Florida Water Management District passed a resolution honoring Dr. Griffiths for his outstanding service in the agricultural community.
Anita N. Griffiths (1917 - 1998)
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes co-mingled with Anita's on Lake Eloise in front of the home where they raised their family.
Created by: Vera Mikell Sodek
Record added: Nov 20, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22997389