Florida Citrus Hall of Fame to induct five industry leaders

12/10/2012 02:08:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

Florida Citrus Hall of FameFive citrus industry leaders have been named to the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame, and two will be inducted at the Jan. 27, 2013, 51st Citrus Celebration Luncheon.

The other three will be inducted posthumously, according to a news release.

The recipients are Homer Hooks, Lakeland; J. Brantley Schirard, Fort Pierce; Francis Dancy; Paul Harding; and Mathew Veldhuis.

• Dancy was a pioneering citrus grower in the late 1800s, known primarily for introducing the Dancy tangerine in 1867.

• Harding was called the "Father of Maturity Standards," because of his research in the 1920s that resulted in the standards still used today.

• Hooks organized the Canners League of Florida in 1949 and eventually became executive director of the Florida Citrus Commission. He also battled imitation orange-flavored products, such as Tang and Awake, and persuaded the Federal Trade Commission to ban misleading advertising.

J. Brantley SchirardJ. Brantley Schirard• Schirard has been an industry leader for more than 25 years and has served on the board of nearly every citrus organization in the state. In 2011, he received the Florida Citrus Packers' John T. Lesley award recognizing his lifetime of service to the industry.

• Veldhuis was the director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Citrus Products and Research Laboratory in Winter Haven for 28 years. He also led the USDA team that developed frozen concentrated orange juice.

The luncheon is sponsored by Florida Citrus Mutual and the Florida Department of Citrus.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Florida Citrus Mutual at (863) 682-1111 or visit the Hall of Fame.

The Florida Citrus Hall of Fame is located in the McKay Archive Building on the Florida Southern College campus in Lakeland.

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