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Dr. Bonnie Appleton Passes Away

25 Jul 2012 11:05 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
Dr. Bonnie Appleton, retired professor of horticulture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, Extension nursery specialist for the Virginia Cooperative Extension and author, passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2012.

Appleton received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Delaware and Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. She joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 1985 where she was based at the Hampton Roads Agriculture Research and Extension Center. She was instrumental in the development of the department’s off-campus graduate degree program. She was an instructor of many graduate classes and a major advisor to more than 60 master’s degree students.

In 2006, Appleton was recognized for her dedication to teaching excellence and her positive impact on students’ lives by sharing her love of horticulture with the Certificate of Teaching Excellence Award from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech.

In 2010, she was honored with the "professor emerita" title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. The title is conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President.

Appleton's passion for horticulture was recognized throughout her career. Her list of honors (since 2000) can be found at

Bonnie was an active contributor to the SNA Research Conference for more than 20 years, presenting numerous research papers (1991 - 2010).

Her family is honoring her wishes. There will be no memorial service and her ashes will be scattered over the Chesapeake Bay. Her Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension family will plant a tree in her honor at the AREC this fall. Correspondence can be addressed to her parents.

Fred and Bobbie Appleton
100 O'Brien Court
Suffolk, VA 23434

Donations in her memory can be made to the Master Gardener Coordinator Endowment or a charity of your choice.

Virginia Master Gardener Coordinator Endowment
under the MG Program tab

VNA Horticulture Research Foundation, Inc.

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