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Bill Whitman, Longtime Fruit Expert and Supporter of Fairchild Passes Away

Thursday, May 31, 2007

William F. Whitman, known for his love of collecting and cultivating rare tropical fruits, died recently at his Bal Harbour home. The 92-year-old self-taught horticulturalist, whose name graces Fairchild's Whitman Tropical Fruit Pavilion, traveled around the globe searching for rare fruit, often with Dr. Richard Campbell, senior curator of tropical fruit, managing to grow tropical species in the continental United States, including the mangosteen in his own backyard. He was a founder of the ...

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