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Fall Garden Party & BBQ to Honor Gary “Doc” Brown

Beloved Professor to receive Distinguished Service Award

Gary Brown
Dr. Gary Brown

Farmingdale State College will be honoring Dr. Gary “Doc” Brown at its Fall Garden Party on Saturday, September 7, 2013, when Dr. Brown will be given Farmingdale’s Distinguished Service Award.

The Garden Party will be held on Saturday, September 7 from 2 to 6 p.m., in the Teaching Gardens on the Farmingdale State College campus.  The ceremony and party will be held rain or shine, as tents will be set up.

“Dr. Brown has approached his role as a professor with exceptional dedication, especially to the many students he has taught and mentored,” said Farmingdale President Hubert Keen. “An entire generation of horticulturists owes a debt of gratitude to him. I hope everyone will help us honor his work.”

Dr. Brown has retired from dual appointments as a full Professor at Farmingdale, in both the Departments of Biology and Ornamental Horticulture.  He has been on the Farmingdale faculty since September of 1970, teaching courses in Entomology, Botany, Environmental Protection, and Ecology as well as General Biology. Dr. Brown served as Assistant to the Chair of the Department of Biology in the 1970s, and as assistant to the Dean of the School of Health Sciences in the 1980s, and was instrumental in developing a program in Integrated Pest Management. In 1998, Dr. Brown received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Brown recently received a lifetime honorary membership in the Long Island Arboricultural Association at the annual Tree Symposium at Planting Fields Arboretum.

In his 43 years at Farmingdale, “Doc” Brown, as he is affectionately known, has taught and inspired thousands of students, many of whom have gone on to be leaders in horticulture careers, on Long Island and around the country.  Dr. Brown was chairman of the Department of Ornamental Horticulture from 2000 until 2009, and served for more than 25 years as co-advisor to the Farmingdale Horticulture Club.  The club provides students with opportunities to learn management skills as well as compete in their field at a national level.

Dr. Brown is one of Farmingdale State College’s own, receiving an AAS in Biological Technology.  He went on to receive a BS, MS and PhD in entomology at the University of Georgia, returning to Farmingdale to teach.  At the time Dr. Brown graduated from Farmingdale, bachelor degrees were not offered.  Now, and thanks in part to his efforts, students can earn a bachelor’s degree in Horticultural Technology Management.

He lives in Farmingdale with his wife, Jean, and their 2 children.  He also has two sons from a first marriage, and 5 grandchildren.

The Garden Party will provide a wonderful opportunity for all of “Doc’s” students and colleagues to congratulate and wish him well, while networking with “green industry” colleagues  – all while enjoying a barbecue with all the trimmings, including produce from the Garden.  There will be raffles for horticultural treasures, as well as tours of the nationally acclaimed teaching gardens.

Money raised from the event goes to the Farmingdale Horticulture Committee, whose mission is to promote excellence in the Farmingdale State College Ornamental Horticulture curriculum, to encourage student career and business development through internships, scholarships, and networking opportunities, to advertise the program and to further the development of the Horticulture teaching gardens as the very finest in the Northeast.

Tickets for the event are available from the Farmingdale Horticulture Committee at 631-420-2075. For more information, go to www.farmingdale.edu/horticulture.