Aug 11, 2017
PanAmerican Seed Scientist Dies

Ball Horticultural Company is mourning the death of seed scientist Francis Kwong, 65, who died from colon cancer July 30.

Kwong had a 38-year career in the seed industry where he spent a majority of them with PanAmerican Seed Company. His recent title was director of seed technology, where was known for his passion for agriculture and seed science, but also his spirit of collaboration, professional integrity, and amazing creativity.

“Francis Kwong will be missed greatly here at Ball. He had the mind of a scientist and the soul of an artist,” says Anna Ball, president and CEO of Ball Horticultural Co.

Kwong’s commitment and dedication to the industry for seed production helped PanAmerican Seed farms produce high-quality products and solve problems where others could not.

His research was also instrumental in groundbreaking seed products such as angelonia, calibrachoa, and New Guinea impatiens.

Among other industry accomplishments, Kwong edited a comprehensive reference book, Flower Seeds: Biology and Technology, with M.B. McDonald in 2005, which showcases the science behind flower seeds.

A testament to his life and career was recently printed in The Chicago Tribune at this link: www.chicagotribune.com/news/obituaries/ct-francis-kwong-obituary-met- 20170804-story.html.


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