Dr. Charles Emory Myers, of Tivoli,
Pennsylvania, was born in 1882. He received his Bachelor of
Science degree in agriculture from Penn State in 1908 before earning his
master's and doctorate degrees at Cornell University in 1911 and 1922,
He then returned to Penn State, where he
became known to thousands of Pennsylvania farmers as the man who
developed many well known tomato varieties an was known as Penn State's
He was a professor of plant breeding for thirty-six years, retiring on
March 1, 1944.
Dr. Myers was known for his unique
teaching methods; he taught plant genetics through drawing comparisons
with human beings and is said to have never proctored an exam, believe
that students, like vegetables, are inherently good if raised properly.
He was involved in many groups during his
time at Penn State, both as a student and as a professor. Some of these
groups include Acacia fraternity, Alpha Zeta (professional agricultural
fraternity), Gamma Sigma Delta (agricultural honor society), Society of
Sigma Xi (scientific society), American Genetics Association, Society
for Horticultural Science, and the American Association for the
Advancement of Science. He was also a Mason and a member of the Society
Dr. Myers died July 10, 1957.
State's 'Tomato Man' has Retired," Gettysburg Times, March 15,
of Penn State's Horticulture Department