George F. Sorn was born October 11, 1927, in Bridgeton, New Jersey. Following graduation from Bridgeton High School, he attended Rutgers University, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture, with honors. As a young man, Sorn learned first hand about the fruit and vegetable industry while working in the fields of New...
J.R. “Rip” Graves came from a family who owned a North Florida sawmill and lumber company, the beginning of a lifelong career that would involve him in all aspects of growing, packing, processing and marketing citrus and place him in leadership positions for Florida Citrus Mutual, Florida Citrus Packers, the Florida Citrus Commission and what...
Jacksonville nurseryman Carl B. Loop Jr. grew up around his uncle’s small ornamental nursery in the 1930s, an experience that sparked his interest in agriculture and led the soft-spoken diplomat on a decades-long journey to become Florida’s agricultural ambassador as president of Florida Farm Bureau. Born March 10, 1928, in Jacksonville, Loop enjoyed spending time...
Bernard A. Egan, the youngest of nine children and the son of an Irish emigre, was born on June 7, 1914, in Elizabeth, N.J. A product of the Great Depression who majored in pre-law at New York’s Fordham University, Egan devoted his successful 64-year career to the expansion of export markets for fresh Florida citrus...


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