Ross portrait installed in Ag-Sci building

October 14th, 2010  |  by  |  Published in People

group shot around the installed Edward Ross portrait

Gathered for the installation are, from left, Professors Emeriti Wai-Kit Nip, Harry Y. Yamamoto and Roger S. Fujioka; former department secretary Muriel Omiya; alumnus Harvey T. Chan Jr.; pilot plant staff member Roland T. F. Won; and Professor Emeritus James H. Moy.

During 10 short years before his untimely death at age 60 in 1969, University of Hawaiʻi Professor Edward Ross accomplished a great deal. He founded the UH Mānoa Department of Food Processing and Utilization (now the Food Science and Human Nutrition Program) and developed a master of science program that attracted international students.

He developed research and extension programs that advanced agriculture in Hawaiʻi, establishing a cooperative research program with the USDA Hawaiʻi Fruit Laboratory in 1963 and building an irradiator to study use of gamma-radiation for disinfestation of tropical fruits and vegetables the following year.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Food and Science and Technology Program, colleagues and former students installed a portrait of Ross on the second floor of the Agricultural Science Building on the UH Mānoa campus.

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