ASEV sadly shares the news of the recent passing of Past
President and Merit Award recipient Dr. James (Jim) A. Wolpert.
He passed away in his Missouri home on Sunday, October 14, 2018.
Jim Wolpert served as president from 1996 to1997 for ASEV
and received the Merit Award in
2013, where he imparted his substantial career knowledge on
the changing role of extension in the winegrape industry. His
work at University of California, Davis, focused on rootstock
performance, winegrape clones and varieties, and improvements in
vineyard design and cultural practices as they influence wine
quality. He served as the Viticulture and Enology Department
chair for 10 years beginning in 1996 and was instrumental in
developing the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food
Science on the UC Davis campus.
Jim was a co-organizer on many ASEV symposia on topics such as
rootstocks, winegrape clones and alternative varieties. He was
the recipient of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture
– Eastern Section’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2012. He’s
received many invitations to speak at industry meetings in
Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, New York, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon,
Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington as well
as Canada, Germany, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand and Spain. He’s
authored more than 50 scientific and technical publications.
Jim’s considerable contribution to ASEV and his impact in the
industry will be greatly missed.
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