Dec 22, 2021
Industry Icon Glenn Goldsmith Passes Away

On Dec. 19, Joel Goldsmith, the former president/CEO of Goldsmith Seeds,  announced on Facebook that his father, Glenn Goldsmith, the founder of Goldsmith Seeds, had passed away on Dec. 18. He was 93.

Glenn was an industry icon who founded Goldsmith Seeds along with his wife, Jane, in Gilroy, California, back in 1962. Throughout his career, Glenn was recognized as an innovator who developed cutting edge genetics and is credited with creating Pack Trials, the precursor to California Spring Trials (CAST).

“He lived a wonderful life, was a positive force in the world, and had a positive impact on so many that he came in contact with,” Joel said in his Facebook post.

Over the years, Joel, along with two of his brothers, Richard and Jim, also entered the family business.  After nearly 50 years, the company was acquired by Syngenta in 2008.

Global Head of Syngenta Flowers, Mark Schermer, released a statement saying, “The Syngenta Flowers team would like to acknowledge Glenn’s legacy and his inspiration that is still felt in our organization to this moment. We will always cherish this legacy and wish the Goldsmith family peace during this time.”

Click here to read his obituary.

Funeral arrangements are still pending.

Donations in Glenn’s memory can be made to the National Tropical Botanic Garden ( or Kauai Hospice (


Photo caption: Joel and Glenn Goldsmith

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