Nominate a Colleague for the Chad Finn Ambassador Award!

Please consider nominating a fellow pomologist for the Chad Finn Ambassador Award.

The Chad Finn Ambassador Award was established in 2020 by the American Pomological Society in honor of Dr. Chad Elliot Finn. Chad Finn was a Research Geneticist and Small Fruit Breeder at the USDA-ARS Horticultural Research Crop Unit in Corvallis, Oregon from 1993 to 2019. The award consists of a certificate that is presented to the recipient at the annual meeting of the American Pomological Society. In addition, there will be a monetary award ($1000) given to a student appointed by the award recipient to attend a fruit meeting, preferably the ASHS/APS meetings, one year following award receipt. The student is expected to present a poster or an oral presentation at that meeting.

The Chad Finn Ambassador Award is conferred on individuals who have made significant contributions to pomology, especially in outreach and service. The awardee should be an outstanding spokesperson for pomology and the fruit industry through exemplary extension, marketing, and/or outreach activities. Such contributions may relate to any important area of fruit production, but the ambassador should emulate the spirit of the award by being an advocate of and having a passion for fruit. Activities relating to olericulture or ornamental horticulture are not considered to be within the areas of interest for which the award is to be considered.

For those who had not met him, a glimpse of Dr. Finn’s personality is captured on this video ( His passion for pomology and the support he provided for both the science and industry made him an esteemed ambassador and friend to many.

Here is a link to the Chad Finn Ambassador Nomination Form.

Nominations of individuals for the Chad Finn Ambassador Award may be submitted by any APS member by May 15th for consideration that year. Those submitting nominations need to use the provided nomination form. Nominations should be sent to the Chair of the committee, Gina Fernandez (

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In Memoriam

Advances in science are made on the shoulders of those who have gone before.

We owe a debt of gratitude to our colleagues who have made significant contributions to pomology but are no longer with us.

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