Dr William F. Gericke

Dr William F. Gericke

Birth
Nebraska, USA
Death 29 Sep 1970 (aged 88)
Berkeley, Alameda County, California, USA
Burial El Cerrito, Contra Costa County, California, USA
Memorial ID 132114553 · View Source
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Dr. Gericke, Noted Crop Expert, Dies
BERKELEY - Dr. William F. Gericke, who originated and developed soilless crop production, died yesterday at Elmwood Convalescent Home where he had been a patient in recent weeks.
Dr. Gericke, 88, coined the work "hydroponics" to describe the process of cultivating plants in a nutrient solution without using soil.
When, as a University of California professor in 1925, he proved the success of the technique, he was swamped with correspondence from throughout the world seeking information on the procedures.
In 1937 he left the university of concentrate on his research, which he continued until only a couple of weeks before his death.
His widow, Grace, of 1555 Scenic Ave., who Dr. Gericke married in 1955 said "his aim was to solve world food problems in the most efficient, productive and economical way. He was interested in helping humanity find a way to be able to feed itself."
Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at Epworth United Mathodist Church, and burial will be at Sunset View Cemetery in El Cerrito.
[Oakland Tribune 30 Sep 1970]


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  • Added: 30 Jun 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial 132114553
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr William F. Gericke (30 Aug 1882–29 Sep 1970), Find a Grave Memorial no. 132114553, citing Sunset View Cemetery, El Cerrito, Contra Costa County, California, USA ; Maintained by REHM (contributor 46985513) .