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Franklin W Southwick

  • Birth 29 May 1918 White Plains, Westchester County, New York, USA
  • Death 5 Jun 2002 Amherst, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Amherst, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 21425063

Son of Benjamin Southwick and Amy Wallburg . Frank was a professor at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Was married to Rita Anderson in 1940.Father of David,Peter,Donald,and Steven.
U-Mass Obituary
Franklin W. Southwick, retired chair of Plant and Soil Sciences, dies at 85

Franklin W. Southwick, 85, of Amherst, a retired professor of Plant and Soil Sciences and longtime chair of his department, died June 5 in the Center for Extended Care.

He served the University for nearly 43 years before retiring in 1983.

Initially a research professor in Horticulture, he eventually was chair of Horticultural Sciences, which became Plant and Soil Sciences, between 1963 and 1977.

He held a bachelor's degree in Pomology from the University, a master's degree in Horticulture from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in pomology from Cornell University, where he later worked in extension for three years. He also taught and did research at the University of Connecticut for several years.

A specialist in pomology, he published dozens of pieces on orchard management, plant science, botany and horticulture. He participated in developing the use of cold-atmosphere storage for apples.

He was awarded a gold medal and $1,000 in 1965 by the trustees of the Massachusetts Society for Promoting Agriculture, and in 1968 he was elected a fellow of the American Society for Horticultural Science.

He co-chaired the campus's United Way Campaign and was a member of Sigma Xi.

His wife of 63 years, Rita Southwick, died in October.

He leaves four sons, David of Haydenville, Peter of Amherst, Donald of Leverett and Steven of El Macero, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Franklin W Southwick (29 May 1918–5 Jun 2002), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21425063, citing North Cemetery, Amherst, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Scott Southwick (contributor 46930263) .