In Memoriam – Phillip Eugene Parvin

Dr. Philip Eugene Parvin passed away at home in Port Charlotte, Florida, on September 17, 2013. He was born July 3, 1927, in Manatee, Florida, and earned a B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Florida, a Master’s degree from Mississippi State University, and a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Michigan State University. He became superintendent of the UH Agricultural Experiment Station on Maui in 1968, where he remained for more than 25 years until retiring in 1993. Dr. Parvin, credited with being the “father of the Hawaiian protea industry,” was a pioneer in research on proteas and other ornamental plants. His research led to both the development of the protea-growing industry in Hawai‘i and the widespread popularity of protea flowers worldwide. In 2007, a protea was registered and named the “Phil Parvin” in his honor.

Condolences to Parvin family and friends

We were very much saddened by the news of the passing away of Phil Parvin. Many of you may have known Phil either as a personal friend or as a colleague. We treasure the memories of Phil and will mourn his loss.

Phil Parvin Obituary

One Response to In Memoriam – Phillip Eugene Parvin

  1. Dennis Perry April 14, 2014 at 6:09 pm #

    I sent a first comment that got lost in the www. somewhere.

    To me, Phil was a quiet leader and worked behind the scenes to build the foundations of IPA. He kept the peace at the first meeting in Melbourne and allowed Jack Harre and Peter Mathews to work out a few different visions. Phil stepped up to host the next conference in Hawaii when no other growing region could be agreed upon. His tools were a well placed comment at dinner. He quietly made suggestions on a bus tour and suddenly California was in line to host a conference. Never boastful, in my presence, and always supportive, he was fine man and advocate of Protea.

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