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.