Howlett, Freeman S.

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Professor Freeman S. Howlett had a distinguished career as a teacher, scientist, and administrator in the Department of Horticulture at The Ohio State University. Born in Jordanville, New York, June 15, 1900, he completed the Bachelors of Science at Cornell University in 1921 and Ph.D. in Pomology, Cornell University in 1925, writing his dissertation on "The Nitrogen and Carbohydrate Composition of the Developing Flowers and Young Fruits of the Apple."

His 46 year association with The Ohio State University and Ohio agriculture commenced in 1924. Dr. Howlett served as Chair of the Department of Horticulture from 1947-1969. He was awarded a National Research Council Foreign Fellowship to the John Innes Horticultural Institute in England from 1932-1933. Following his retirement in 1970, Dr. Howlett made an extended return trip to England for study and travel during which he fell ill. He died at his Wooster, Ohio, home November 18, 1970.

Dr. Howlett was a member of the Board of Governors of the American Institute of Biological Science, President of the Society of Horticultural Science (1959), and a fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society, London.

His research programs focused on hormones in relation to horticulture, embryology in horticultural plants, fruit setting in horticultural plants, physiology of reproduction in higher plants and foliar analysis. Dr. Howlett founded five varieties of apples, most notably among them the "Melrose" which persists as a favorite among consumers.

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees named the horticulture and food science building after Howlett in 1971. Today, Howlett Hall serves as one of two buildings encompassing the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science.


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