Bernard L. Pollack
Bernard "Bernie" L. Pollack, 94, died on July 14, 2014, at his home in Oceanside, California. He was emeritus professor of plant breeding and genetics.
He joined Rutgers in 1960 as faculty in the Department of Horticulture and Forestry and retired in 1985. While his work in vegetable breeding extended to eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes, he is most renowned for his development of the legendary Ramapo tomato, which remains today as a home gardenerís favorite.
During the 1970s Bernie worked extensively with New Jersey growers on implementing trickle irrigation and plasticulture systems. Working with USAID, he traveled throughout Africa to further the development of trickle irrigation in African agriculture. During his travels, he collected eggplant germplasm and created one of the most extensive collections, containing 536 eggplant varieties.
Bernie was known to be tough but fair, and had a sharp sense of humor, which he maintained throughout his retirement. He also provided great support to Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station for the reintroduction of the Ramapo tomato in 2008.
Donations may be made in Bernie's name to the Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Academic Excellence Fund, http://makeagift.rutgers.edu.
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