American Pomological Society Heading with apple graphic

The Wilder Medal


is awarded to individuals or organizations for distinguished service and contributions to the advancement of pomological science and for outstanding fruit varieties.

 Wilder Medal - Front

Wilder Medal Recipients 1873 to 2006 *

1873

  • Clapp Favorite Pear

1875

  • Marshall P. Wilder - For founding and building the society.
  • Patrick Barry - For valuable service to the society as chairman of the fruit committee.
  • Thomas P. James - For faithful service as treasurer of the society.
  • John J. Thomas - For designing the Wilder Medal.

1881

  • Robert Manning - For long and valued service in the cause of American pomology.

1885

  • Professor William J. Beal - For valuable services as secretary of the society.

1911

  • Lue Gim Gong Orange - Glen Saint May Mury Company Deland, FL.

1913

  • Goudeau Orange - L.A. Goudeau, Lake Charles, LA.
  • Branch Apple - James. M. Hoge, Virginia (Bronze medal).

1915

  • Hubbard Grape - T. S. Hubbard Company, Fredonia, NY.

1917

  • Turley Winesap Apple - Joseph A. Burton, Mitchell, IN.

1919

  • Golden Delicious Apple - Stark Bros. Nursery & Orchard Company Louisiana, MO.

1921

  • Dr. Liberty Hyde Bailey - For his notable contributions to horticulture and his work for the society.

1923

  • Lobo Apple - Central Experimental Farm Ottawa, Ontario.
  • Cortland Apple - New York State Agriculture Experiment Station, Geneva, NY.

1926

  • Starking Apple - Stark Bros. Nursery & Orchard Company Louisiana, MO.

1927

  • University of Minnesota Fruit Breeding Farm - Noteworthy achievement in breeding hardy fruits, of which 32 seedlings have been named and introduced out of a total of 80,500 tested and represented at meeting by 69 plates of 39 seedling apples.
  • Sheridan Grape - New York State Agriculture Experiment Station, Geneva, NY.
  • Melba Apple - Central Experimental Farm Ottawa, Ontario.
  • June Raspberry - New York State Agriculture Experiment Station, Geneva, NY (Bronze medal).

1929

  • Professor N. E. Hansen - For Plant Exploration.
  • Professor W. T. Macoun - For Developing Cold Hardy Fruits.
  • Howard Seventeen or Premier Stawberry - Everett C. Howard Belchertown, MA.
  • Young Dewberry - B. M. Young, Morgan City, LA.

1939

  • USDA 814 Pecan - USDA (Bronze medal).

1947

  • Maurice A. Blake - New Jersey. Peach breeder.
  • New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Geneva, NY - For Origination and Introduction of Meritorious Varieties of Fruit

1948

  • Liberty H. Bailey - Cornell. Plant explorer, writer, horticulturist.
  • William H. Chandler - California. Research in pomology & hort. publications.
  • George M. Darrow - USDA. Fruit breeding, especially blueberries & strawberries.
  • Ezra J. Kraus - Oregon. & University of Chicago. Economic botany, morphology & physiology.
  • Horticulture Experiment Station, Vineland, Canada -Origination of fruit varieties.
  • Ruby grapefruit - Outstanding red-fleshed grapefruit.

1949

  • Frank C. Reimer - USDA, Oregon. Pear breeding.
  • University of Minnesota. Fruit Breeding Farm - Origination of fruit varieties.

1950

  • H. Howard Hume - Florida. Subtropical & tropical horticulture.
  • Archibald D. Shamel - California. Introduction of tropical & subtropical fruits, mutations.
  • Jacob K. Shaw - Massachusetts. Identification of fruit tree varieties by leaf characteristics.
  • Henry P. Stuckey - Georgia. Muscadine grape breeding & pecan culture.

1951

  • Stanley Johnston - Michigan. Breeding peaches and blueberries.
  • Richared apple - Custody of Louis Richardson, Manitou, Washington.
  • Central Experiment Farm, Ottawa, Canada - Fruit breeding research.

1952

  • Eugene C. Auchter - USDA. Pollination biology, horticultural writer, administrator.
  • Elizabeth White - New Jersey. Blueberry breeding and introduction.
  • Louisiana Agriculture Experiment Station – Klonmore strawberry.

1953

  • Maxwell J. Dorsey - Illinois. Peach breeding.
  • Samuel Fraser - Cornell & American Apple Inst. Apple promotion, new fruit varieties.
  • George F. Potter - New Hampshire & USDA. Winter hardiness, tung genetics & physiology.
  • USDA. Origination of meritorious varieties of peaches.

1954

  • Paul H. Shepard - Missouri. Peach, apple and grape breeding.
  • Richard Wellington - New York. Fruit breeding & evalution, pollination.
  • California Agriculture Experiment Station. Origination of strawberry varieties.

1955

  • William H. Alderman - Minnesota. Breeding of hardy fruits.
  • Frederick W. Popenoe - USDA. Plant explorer, tropical & subtropical horticulture.

1956

  • John R. Magness - USDA. Physiology, nutrition, water relation, administration.
  • Elmer Snyder - California. Grape breeding & resistant rootstocks.
  • Harold B. Tukey - New York & Michigan. Morphology of fruits, size-controlling rootstocks.

1957

  • W.W. Magill - Kentucky. Outstanding extension horticulturist.
  • Edmund F. Palmer - Vineland, Canada. Breeding fruits, esp. peaches.
  • Warren P. Tufts - California. Pollination & morphology of deciduous fruits.
  • Albert F. Yeager - North Dakota & New Hampshire. Breeding and genetics of fruits.

1958

  • Cecil L. Burkholder - Indiana. Variety evaluation, pollination.
  • Victor R. Gardner - Oregon & Michigan. Pollination, fruit set & mutation studies.
  • Henry Hartman - Oregon. Post-harvest physiology, esp. of pears.
  • Ralph A. Van Meter - Massachusetts. Systematic pomologist and administration.

1959

  • Malcolm B. Davis - Ottawa, Canada. Nutrition and low temperature research.
  • Harold P. Olmo - California. Grape breeding, cytogenetics. New Fruit Register.
  • Thomas J. Talbert - Missouri. Fruit tree rootstocks & nutrition.
  • N.Y. Fruit Testing Association - Geneva, New York. Promotion of new fruit varieties.

1960

  • Arthur P. French - Massachusetts. Nursery identification of fruit trees by leaf characters.

1961

  • Richard P. White - American Association of Nurserymen, Washington D.C. Horticultural promotion.

1962

  • Robert W. Hodgson - California. Subtropical & tropical horticulture., international service.
  • Leif Verner - Idaho. Posthumous. Breeding, training, thinning, water relations.
  • USDA - Development of virus-free strawberries.

1963

No recipients.

1964

  • Frank P. Cullinan - USDA. Administration, peach breeding & physiology.

1965

No recipients.

1966

  • Laurence H. MacDaniel - Cornell. Pollination, fruit anatomy & morphology.
  • Howard B. Frost - California. Citrus breeding and cytogenetics.

1967

No recipients.

1968

  • Reid M. Brooks - California. Posthumous. Flower & fruit morphology. New Fruit Register.
  • George L. Slate - New York. Breeding strawberry, raspberry, blackberry.

1969

  • Fred W. Anderson - California. Breeding nectarines, peach, plum, almond.
  • John H. Weinberger - California. Breeding peach, apricot, plum.

1970

  • Joseph R. Furr - California. Breeding and water relations of citrus.
  • George Oberle - Virginia. Breeding peach, nectarine, apple and grape.
  • George F. Waldo - Oregon. Breeding strawberry, blackberry and red raspberry.

1971

No recipients.

1972

  • Paul Stark Sr. - Missouri. Nurseryman, development of dwarfing rootstocks.

1973

  • O.A. Bradt - Ontario. Breeding peaches and apricots.

1974

  • Robert F. Carlson - Michigan. Breeding apple rootstocks.

1975

  • Chester D. Schwartze - Washington. Rubus breeding.
  • Ralph H. Sharpe - Florida. Peach breeding.

1976

  • Franklin Correll - North Carolina. Peach breeding.

1977

  • Donald H. Scott - Maryland. Strawberry breeding.
  • W.A. Luce - Washington. Fruit Agent, orchard consultant and Contributing Editor to Goodfruit Grower.

1978

  • L. Fredrick Hough - New Jersey. Peach, apple and pear breeding.
  • Harold W. Fogle - Maryland. Peach, apricot and cherry breeding.

1979

  • Royce S. Bringhurst - California. Strawberry breeding.

1980

  • Melvin N. Westwood - Oregon. Teacher, author and researcher of apples and pears.

1981

  • Frank Street - Kentucky. Peach grower and host of annual peach pruning demonstrations.

1982

  • Jim Moore - Arkansas. Peach, blackberry and grape breeding.
  • Roger Way - New York. Apple, cherry and elderberry breeding.

1983

  • Gene Galletta - USDA, Maryland. Strawberry breeding.
  • Don Fisher - British Columbia. Fruit researcher, administrator and author.

1984

  • Victor Prince - USDA, Georgia. Peach breeding.
  • W.D. Armstrong - Kentucky. Extension Specialist. Outstanding fruit extension work.

1985

  • Roy Rom - Arkansas. Rootstock research.
  • Roy Simons - Illinois. Fruit anatomy.

1986

  • Hugh Daubeny - Agriculture Canada, British Columbia. Small fruit breeding.
  • Wallace Heuser - Michigan. Nurseryman. Fruit variety development.

1987

No recipients.

1988

  • Francis J. (Whitey) Lawrence - Oregon. Strawberry and raspberry breeding.
  • Robert E. Lamb - New York. Disease resistant apple breeding.
  • Grady Auvil - Washington. Fruit grower

1989

  • Catherine Bailey - New Jersey. Peach, nectarine, and apple breeding.

1990

  • Don Craig - Nova Scotia, Canada. Strawberry breeding.

1991

  • Norm Childers - New Jersey and Florida. Fruit research and teaching.
  • Elwyn Meader - New Hampshire. Development of cold-hardy fruits.

1992

  • K.O. Lapins - Agriculture Canada, British Columbia. Cherry breeding.

1993

  • Wayne B. Sherman - University of Florida. Peach and nectarine breeding.

1994

  • James Cummins - New York. Apple rootstock breeding.
  • Elizabeth Keep - East Malling, England. Rubus breeding and genetics.

1995

  • Floyd Zaiger - Zaiger Genetics, Modesto, California. Stone fruit breeding.

1996

  • Jules Janick - Purdue University. Fruit breeding.
  • R.E.C. Layne - Agriculture Canada, Ontario, Canada. Stone fruit breeding.

1997

  • Arlen Draper - USDA-ARS, Beltsville, Maryland. Small fruit breeding.
  • Derek Jennings - Scottish Horticulture Research Institute, Scotland, UK. Small fruit breeding.

1998

  • Jim Ballington - North Carolina State University Small fruit breeding.

1999

  • John Maas - USDA-ARS, Beltsville, MD. Small fruit breeding.

2000

  • Silviero Sansavini - University of Bologna, Italy.

2001

  • Loren D. Tukey - Pennsylvania. Posthumous Penn. State University.

2002

  • Maxine M. Thompson - Oregon State University. Hazelnut Breeding and Germplasm Exploration.

2003

  • John Clark - University of Arkansas

2004

  • Harvey Quamme - Agriculture and Agrifood Canada, Summerland, British Columbia

2005

  • Schuyler Korban - University of Illinois. Outstanding contributions to pomology.

2006

  • David Curtis Ferree - The Ohio State University in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the evaluation of fruit rootstocks and varieties.

2007

  • David W. Ramming - USDA-ARS, Parlier, California, for outstanding achievements in stone fruit and grape breeding.

2008

  • James J. Luby - University of Minnesota for outstadning achievements in fruit breeding, germplasm collection and evaluation, and quantitative and population genetics of fruit crops.

2009

  • Paul M. Lyrene - University of Florida in recognition of outstadning achievements in blueberry breeding.
  • Victoria H. Knight - East Malling Research Station, Great Britain for outstanding achievements in Rubus and Ribes breeding.
  • Douglas V. Shaw - University of California, Davis, for outstanding contributions in strawberry breeding, genetics, and production research.

* Wilder recipients prior to 1947 provided by R. Crassweller.
page last updated December, 2010