Horticulture industry leader Adel Kader dies

12/17/2012 11:58:00 AM
Tara Schupner

Adel KaderLongtime horticultural specialist Adel Kader died Dec. 10 while traveling home from a South African conference. He was 71.

A native of Cairo, Kader graduated from the Ain Shams University with a degree in horticulture. He then came to the U.S. in the 1960s and earned a master’s in vegetable crops and doctorate in plant physiology from the University of California-Davis. After teaching and working as a consultant in Egypt for several years, Kader returned to the U.S. in the early 1970s to work as a researcher and then chair of the pomology department at UC-Davis.

Kader published numerous articles and wrote the “Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops.” He also served on the boards of several groups, including as president and chairman for the American Society for Horticultural Science and organizer of the International Horticultural Congress.

Among his major accomplishments, Kader developed the UC-Davis Postharvest Technology Center from a group of postharvest extension specialists, according to a news release from the center. He took his knowledge about postharvest practices global, working with the Agriculture Development Strategy project to bring information to Egypt and other developing countries. After Kader retired from UC-Davis in 2007, he continued to work in the industry as an adviser for the Global Horticulture Assessment.

He is survived by his children, Aileen, Susu and Sami; and two grandchildren. A memorial service is scheduled for Jan. 26 at the Buehler Alumni Center on the UC Davis campus. Memorial gifts may be made to the Postharvest Program Endowment Fund.

 

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Longtime horticultural specialist Adel Kader died Dec. 10 while traveling home from a South African conference. He was 71.

A native of Cairo, Kader graduated from the Ain Shams University with a degree in horticulture. He then came to the U.S. in the 1960s and earned a master’s in vegetable crops and doctorate in plant physiology from the University of California-Davis. After teaching and working as a consultant in Egypt for several years, Kader returned to the U.S. in the early 1970s to work as a researcher and then chair of the pomology department at UC-Davis.

Kader published numerous articles and wrote the “Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops.” He also served on the boards of several groups, including as president and chairman for the American Society for Horticultural Science and organizer of the International Horticultural Congress.

Among his major accomplishments, Kader developed the UC-Davis Postharvest Technology Center from a group of postharvest extension specialists, according to a news release from the center. He took his knowledge about postharvest practices global, working with the Agriculture Development Strategy project to bring information to Egypt and other developing countries. After Kader retired from UC-Davis in 2007, he continued to work in the industry as an adviser for the Global Horticulture Assessment.

He is survived by his children, Aileen, Susu and Sami; and two grandchildren. A memorial service is scheduled for Jan. 26 at the Buehler Alumni Center on the UC Davis campus. Memorial gifts may be made to the Postharvest Program Endowment Fund.

 



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ACDI/VOCA Volunteer Program    
Washington, DC  |  December, 19, 2012 at 10:28 AM

We are shocked and saddened by the passing of Dr. Kader. Please extend our deepest condolences to his family from the entire staff of our Volunteer Program. ACDI/VOCA owes Dr. Kader a debt of grattitude as he volunteered his valuable time and expertise twice for our USAID Farmer to Farmer program in Egypt, in 2010 and most recently this past September. There are many Egyptian farmers who benefitted greatly from his technical assistance in post harvest technology on fruits and vegetables. He also generously gave his time to host Recruiter Patrick Tracy on a recent trip to UC Davis, for which we will always be grateful. Our thoughts and prayers will be with his family.

anonymous    
Grover Beach, Ca  |  December, 19, 2012 at 06:45 PM

Adel will be sorely missed. He was such an inspiration in his work and attitude. He was genuine, gracious, and open to share knowledge with everyone. My condolences to his beautiful family and to his collegues.

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