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Greg Martin 05/17/05 In memory - George Ing
by Greg Martin, click here for bio

Program: Fruit Grower Report
Date: May 17, 2005

Todays services in Hood River for fruit industry legend George Ing are among the many tributes shared in the days since Ings passing. Some in the fruit industry may only have known Ing through is very popular Good Fruit Grower columns.

MCPHERSON: But they only really reflect part of what George meant to the tree fruit industry. But a lot of us also know for over thirty, forty years, one of Georges principal obsessions and passions was research related to tree fruit.

Jim McPherson was Ings successor as Manager of the Washington State Tree Fruit Research Commission. Ing was among the many founders of the Commission and among its spearheads for growth over a three decade period.

MCPHERSON: The research and development technology transfer extension thats happening in Washington is really the envy of a lot of places. It wasnt always the case. When George began in the sixties, we didnt have a lot of the capacity that we have right now. So in fact what we take for granted now is there due to work by people like George Ing.

Ings roles also included a term as President of the Washington State Horticultural Association. But McPherson says Ings legacy with the industry remains not only with the infrastructure he helped create, and the guidance he provided, but in the influence he continues to have on industry leaders.

MCPHERSON: I think one of the legacies he left was a number of other industry folks that are supercharges and energized about the impact that research can have.

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