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  • August 24, 1940
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  • February 08, 2020

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L. Gene Albrigo, Professor, Emeritus, University of Florida/IFAS CREC, Lake Alfred.  


L. Gene Albrigo, 79, passed away on February 8, 2020, after a short illness. Gene was born in Southern California and grew up on a peach ranch. He studied horticulture at UC Davis and Rutgers University in New Jersey, where he earned his PhD in 1968. Over the past 50 years, Gene developed a widely recognized career in citrus horticulture at the UF/IFAS CREC in Lake Alfred. He planned to retire at 80. His research work greatly benefited the citrus industry as he had many students, colleagues and friends around the world. Dr. Albrigo was inducted into the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame in 2018, (https://floridacitrushalloffame.com/inductees/dr-l-gene-albrigo/). His dedication to citrus research, teaching and extension will be missed.

He is survived by his wife Clydene of ­­­60 years, (Daytona), his son Tom Albrigo, (Arizona), daughter Ruaun Malmberg, (Georgia), 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.


Visitation will be held on Friday, February 21st 2020 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Heritage Chapel (620 Dunlawton Ave, Port Orange, FL 32127).


February 21, 2020
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Heritage Chapel PO
620 Dunlawton Avenue, Port Orange, FL 32127
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  1. John K. Schueller says:
    24 Feb 2020
    Gene was a kind and very helpful friend to us junior colleagues and will be fondly remember for the knowledge and wisdom he passed on to us.

  2. Eldon Brown says:
    19 Feb 2020
    Dear Clydene and family,
    Mary Lou and I were so sorry to learn of the death of Gene. We knew that his health was not too good, but were shocked to hear of his sudden passing.
    We have had a long friendship with you guys going back to when you first came to Lake Alfred immediately after Gene obtained his PhD. I remember Gene coming by the house after you had moved into your house on Hampden Rd in 1968 to see if I was interested in car pooling, since we lived near to each other. We car pooled for some time until we each obtained a second car. Then again, during the fuel shortage, we car pooled along with Bob Carter (ABC car pool), and that continued for 20 years! That has to say something about our compatibility.
    I worked with Gene on several projects during those first few years. Gene was a take control guy with a lot of ideas that produced useful information for the citrus industry. Gene will be greatly missed by us and those he served in the industry.
    We know you will miss Gene dearly, our thoughts and prayers are with you, Ruaun, and Tom during these coming days as you adjust to this great loss. Keep in touch and sorry we are not traveling too far from home these days.
    Love, Eldon and Mary Lou

  3. Jodie Whitney says:
    18 Feb 2020
    Clydene & family,
    Accept my condolences in the passing of Gene.
    My main memories of Gene were that we worked together as members of the Winter Haven Civitan Club in the 1970s. Gene was always a willing & serious worker, & I enjoyed working with him on projects.

  4. Susan albrigo says:
    16 Feb 2020
    I ❤ YOU!

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