Campus: Fresno State -- February 24, 2006
Harvey Estate Provides $1.5 Million For Scholarship Fund
California State University, Fresno has received a bequest from the estate
of Dr. John M. and Cora G. Harvey of Fresno of $1.5 million to provide scholarships
for students pursuing studies within the College of Agricultural Sciences and
Technology. It is the largest cash bequest in the college's history.
Fresno State will establish an endowment fund in the Harveys' name. Each year,
approximately $75,000 will be provided to deserving students in the college,
with priority given to graduate students.
Dr. Harvey earned a biology degree from Fresno State in 1942, a master's at
Stanford and a Ph.D. in plant pathology from the University of California, Berkeley.
After a four-year tour in the Army, Dr. Harvey spent 37 years with the United
States Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service's Horticultural
Research Laboratory in Fresno. His work centered on the prevention of diseases
in fruit crops during storage and transport to markets worldwide. His emphasis
was grapes, peaches and strawberries, all multimillion-dollar crops in the San
Joaquin Valley. His research, which benefited consumers and industry, earned
him several honors, including a USDA Award for Superior Service.
In the 1950s, Dr. Harvey developed a forecasting method that helps farm managers
make decisions on the Botrytis decay potential of specific lots of fruit at
harvest. He found a correlation between the level of decay forecast at harvest
and the level of decay developing in cold storage.
Cora Harvey grew up on a dairy farm in the Hanford area. She worked many years
as a bookkeeper for an automobile service business in Fresno. Mrs. Harvey and
her husband shared many interests, including gardening and travel. She was a
long-time member of the Sunnyside Garden Club, and the Harveys earned many
prizes for the flowers they grew in their home garden.
Cora Harvey died in January 2005, nine years after her husband.
"The Harveys have provided significant contributions to the advancement of
agriculture in California," said Dr. Daniel Bartell, dean of the College of
Agricultural Sciences and Technology. "Their generous estate planning will
provide support for future generations of agricultural leaders."
"This support comes at an especially critical time as we work to help the
agricultural industry sustain growth and remain competitive in a global market.
We are in a very good position to help California agriculture and the food
industry. A high-quality master's degree program with high-quality students
will allow us to provide the hands-on research that is needed."
Contact: Shannon Puphal, (559) 278-2756 or (559) 217-4065