Development Spotlight: Luby Family Honeycrisp Chair for Fruit Crop Innovation

The Luby Family Honeycrisp Chair for Fruit Crop Innovation has been recently established in CFANS through a gift from Margaret and Patrick Luby with the vision of fostering continued innovation in fruit crops. The University community celebrated the Luby Family and the new chair on June 12 with special remarks and recognition from President Eric Kaler and Dean Brian Buhr.  Margaret and Patrick’s gift reflects their lifetime career interests in food and agriculture as researchers, teachers, and applied practitioners, Patrick in agricultural economics and Margaret in human nutrition.  Their gift also honors the achievements of their son, James, and daughter-in-law Emily Hoover, longtime faculty in the Department of Horticultural Science.  As director of the fruit breeding and genetics research program, James and his colleagues introduced the Honeycrisp apple and other innovative fruit varieties.  Emily has conducted research and outreach in fruit crops and serves as head of the Department of Horticultural Science. Contact the Development Office to learn more about giving opportunities. 

Photo (right) of Brian Horgan, Dean Brian Buhr, President Eric and Mrs. Karen Kaler, Margaret Luby, Patrick Luby, Emily Hoover and James Luby