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Milestones


She’ll leave a lasting legacy


Cheryl Hampson is now retired but she and her research work won’t soon be forgotten.


By Susan McIver P


lant breeder Cheryl Hampson’s achievements have been of significant benefit to the


Canadian apple and cherry industries and will continue to be so for many years.


She retired this April from her position at the Summerland Research and Development Centre.


Summarizing her career, colleague Peter Toivonen said: “Cheryl had tremendous insight and intuition and made novel crosses, particularly in apples which, I believe, will lead to development and commercialization of new cultivars having superior eating quality, as well as postharvest storage and shipping qualities. “Working with Cheryl was a pleasure, since not only did she have innovative ideas, but a good sense of humour so that the collaboration was always productive and fun. “Cheryl always let it show that she has a great passion to improve the future for the B.C. and Canadian orchard industries.” A farm girl from eastern Saskatchewan, Hampson earned bachelor and master degrees from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.


In 1995, she was awarded a PhD from Oregon State University. “My thesis was on flowering in hazelnuts,” said Hampson, who took a position as a post-doctorate fellow at the Summerland centre upon completion of her degree.


She worked with Harvey Quamme, British Columbia FRUIT GROWER • Summer 2016 15


Plant breeding specialist Cheryl Hampson has made notable contributions to the apple and cherry industries.


whose research at the time focused on pomology and cold hardiness. When David Lane, who had been the plant breeder, was transferred to a different program, the cherry and apple programs were split: Quamme and Frank Kappel became heads of the apple and cherry and programs,


respectively.


When Quamme retired in 1998, Hampson won the competition for his position and upon Kappel’s retirement in 2011 she became head of both the cherry and apple breeding programs.


Hampson was the lead author of a SUSAN MCIVER


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