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ASHS Fellow Paul Read :  Why I Give to the ASHS Endowment

Paul Read, Professor of Horticulture/Viticulture, University of Nebraska, Lincoln


ASHS Fellow, American Society for Horticultural Science

ASHS Outstanding Graduate Educator Award

Darrell Nelson Outstanding Graduate Student Advisor Award 

Presidents Citation presented to Dr. Paul E. Read in recognition of Outstanding Service in the

Field of Horticulture by Pi Alpha Xi and the UNL Horticulture Club – 2014”


Propagation Working Group
Chair 1980-1981

International Concerns in Horticultural Education Working Group
Chair 1982-1983

ASHS Education Division Vice President-elect

Colloquia and Workshops Committee

Science Priorities Committee

ASHS Education Division Vice President

ASHS Slide Collection Assessment Committee

ASHS Outstanding Research Award Selection Committee

ASHS Advisory Council
Chair 1991-1992

Annual Meetings Committee

Committee to Seek New Associated Groups
Chair 1988-1994

ASHS North Central Region

Necrology Committee Chairperson

Administrators Working Group
Chair 1990-1991
Chair-elect 1989-1990

Fellows Screening Committee

Horticultural Landmarks Selection Committee
Chair 2000-2002
Chair 1997-1998

Education Publication Award Selection Committee

History of Horticultural Science Working Group
Chair 2000-2001
Chair-elect 1998-2000

Endowment Fund Committee
Chair 2002-2004

Outstanding Graduate Educator Award Committee

Executive Committee
Chair 2006-2007

ASHS President 2005-2006

ASHS President-elect 2004-2005

Viticulture and Small Fruit Working Group
2004- 2006
Chair 2005-2006
Chair-elect 2004-2005

Awards Committee
Chair 2009-2010

Chair, ASHS Board of Directors

Horticulture Hall of Fame Selection Committee

International Topics of Concern to Horticulturists
Chair 2008-2010

Endowment Fund Committee

Selected Recent Publications:  

Read, P. E. and J. E. Preece. 2014. Cloning: Plants – Micropropagation/Tissue Culture. In: Neal Van Alfen, editor-in-chief.  Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems, Vol. 2, San Diego: Elsevier; 2014 pp.317-336. (Special Invited Chapter)

Read, Paul E. and Christina M. Bavougian. 2014. Woody Ornamentals. In: G. R. Dixon, D. E. Aldous, eds, Horticulture: Plants for People and Places, Volume 2, pp. 619-644. (Invited Chapter)

Loseke, B. A., P.E. Read and I. M. Qrunfleh. 2014. Delay of bud break on ‘Edelweiss’ grapevine with multiple applications of Amigo oil and NAA.  Acta Horticulturae 1042:51-56.

Qrunfleh, Issam M. and Paul E. Read. 2013. Delaying bud break in ‘Edelweiss’ grapevines to avoid spring frost injury by NAA and vegetable oil applications.  Adv. Hort. Sci. 27:18-24.

Bavougian, C.M., P.E. Read, V.L. Schlegel and K.J. Hanford. 2013.  Canopy light effects in multiple training systems on yield, soluble solids, acidity, phenol and flavonoid concentration of ‘Frontenac’ grapes.  HortTechnology 23:1-7.

Read, P.E., J.A. Schild and S.J. Gamet. 2012. Ten years of western Nebraska grape cultivar trials.  HortScience 47(9) (supplement) for 2012 ASHS Annual Conference, Miami Fla.

Paparozzi, E.T., G.M. Meyer, S.A. Adams, M.E. Conley, B. Loseke and P.E. Read. 2012. Greenhouse production of strawberries during the winter. HortScience 47(9) (supplement) for 2012 ASHS Annual Conference, Miami, Fla.

Read, P.E. and C.M. Bavougian. 2012. In Vitro Rejuvenation of Woody Species.  In: Protocols for Micropropagation of Selected Economically-Important Horticulture Plants, M. Lambardi, A. E. Ozudogru, M. Jain (Eds.) pp. 383-396.  Springer-Humana Press. (Book Chapter)

Paul Read joined the Department of Horticulture as Head in January 1987.  He resumed the role of professor of Horticulture and Viticulture in July 1997.  He received his BS and MS degrees from Cornell University, sandwiched around 3½ years as an Extension Agent in the New York Extension system.  Read received his PhD from the University of Delaware in 1967 and progressed from Assistant to Full Professor at the University of Minnesota prior to coming to Nebraska.

His current research thrusts are in tissue culture for horticulture crop improvement (emphasizing woody ornamentals and fruit crops) and on vineyard management issues in support of Nebraskas developing grape and wine industry. He has served horticulture in a variety of leadership roles, including President of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), president of the Plant Growth Regulator Society of America, and president of the American Chestnut Foundation.  He was recipient of the ASHS Outstanding Graduate Educator Award and is a Fellow of ASHS.  Paul has been a visiting scientist at the University of Florida, the University of Nottingham (England), the Australian CSIRO, and a visiting professor at the University of Tasmania.  He has been active in several international organizations, has led Study Abroad trips to Siberia and Australia, and consulted in India, China, Thailand, New Zealand, Hungary, Moldova, and Australia.

We asked Paul to share his thoughts about giving back to ASHS, his view of the ASHS Endowment, and his experience with the giving process. 

Paul, who got you started in horticulture?

There are lots of folks that deserve part of the credit, starting with my parents and where I grew up (small mixed crops and dairy farm in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State). Being the third son meant that I got to take care of the garden while the big boys (my older brothers) helped Dad with the real farm work.  Little did I know that Id use those gardening experiences again and again and again in my teaching, Extension, and research activities.  I would also be remiss if I didnt mention Professor Arthur Pratt, who gave me an opportunity to serve as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant at Cornell University for the course Vegetable Crops 3General Horticulture. Following a three-and-a-half year stint as a County 4-H Club Agent in Fulton County, New York, Professor Ray Sheldrake convinced me to come back to Cornell and serve as a Graduate Teaching Assistant while working on my Masters degree.  Ray encouraged me to join ASHS at that point, and my PhD advisor at the University of Delaware, Professor Don Fieldhouse, subsequently encouraged me to start attending ASHS meetings.


What considerations led you to become a steady donor to the Endowment?

Some of the experiences that I have noted above and the great encouragement from all of the faculty at Cornell and the University of Delaware, as well as staff at Longwood Gardens, made me know that it is important to give back so that young people can have the great experiences that I was fortunate to receive, and thus help them pursue a career in horticulture.

Did monthly/yearly contributions cause you any financial discomfort or second thoughts?

Not at all. Initially it was challenging when I had a young family, but it was easy to simply add a small amount when paying my annual ASHS Membership and gradually increasing it to the point that I am now an ASHS Supporter  (See the ASHS Contributions Website:

Do you feel your contributions are being used appropriately?  Are they doing any good?

Indeed they are most emphatically doing great good! The ASHS Endowment Fund helps students attend the ASHS Annual Conference, where they can continue to grow their horticultural professionalism.  Scholarships such as the one received this year by Erin Kinley (BS 2015, University of Nebraska) are a good example of recognition of students with great potential for making a difference in the world of horticulture.  Erin will be participating in the Longwood Gardens Master of Public Horticulture program, beginning this summer. 





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