Robert Willard Hodgson (1893-1966) developed the College of Agriculture at the Southern branch of the University of California
and became professor of subtropical horticulture (1935). He was named assistant dean of the College of Agriculture and assistant
director of the Agriculture Experiment Station (1943), and became dean of the college in 1952. The collection consists of
manuscripts, correspondence, scrapbooks, notebooks, class notes, teaching materials, memoranda, clippings, reports, and memorabilia
of Robert Hodgson.
Robert Willard Hodgson was born on April 3, 1893 in Dallas, Texas; BS, 1916, and MS, 1917, University of California at Berkeley;
served as as an assistant in botany and became instructor in citriculture in 1917; with J. Eliot Coit, founded the Agricultural
Extension Service in Los Angeles, 1918; served as farm advisor, Los Angeles County, 1919-24; became associate professor of
subtropical horticulture, University of California at Berkeley, and associate citriculturist in the Agriculture Experiment
Station; became head of Division of Subtropical Horticulture, 1925; after the division was transferred to the Los Angeles
campus in 1932, Hodgson developed the College of Agriculture there; became professor of subtropical horticulture, 1935; named
assistant dean of the College of Agriculture and assistant director of the Agriculture Experiment Station, 1943; became dean
of the college in 1952 until he retired in 1960; wrote many books, including Analyzing the Citrus Orchard by Means of Simple Tree Records (1923) and The California Avocado Industry (1930); he died on May 17, 1966 in Los Angeles.
10 cartons (10 linear ft.)
1 oversize box
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