George Fong and the Florida Pesticide Residue Workshop

George Fong, Wilma Fong, and Pat Beckett at a previous Florida Pesticide Residue Workshop

I’m getting ready to head over to the 48th Florida Pesticide Residue Workshop, and it will be a bittersweet conference this year since my friend and colleague, George Fong, is retiring from the meeting after many years of dedicated leadership and oversight.  George and his wife Wilma have been fixtures at the meeting since its inception, keeping things running smoothly while hosting one of the most friendly, casual conferences I’ve ever attended.  Just because you see people giving their presentations in Hawaiian shirts doesn’t mean the meeting isn’t highly technical and informative,though; it is! 

One of the best things about giving a talk at the workshop is the Speaker’s Gift.  At least since I’ve been going (starting in 2000), each speaker is presented with a beautiful George Fong original photograph, usually of Florida wildlife or a natural scene.  These are highly coveted items and I am very lucky to have several in my office.   

George and Wilma, thank you so much for all you’ve done for the pesticide residue community and the workshop, and for your friendship.  We’ll miss you!

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