In Loving Memory of Victor Lionel Guzman
May 14, 1914 – June 3, 2019
Victor passed away peacefully in Altamonte Springs, Florida on June 3rd.
He was born in Huaraz, Peru and came to the US in 1941 where he obtained his masters degree from the University of Florida and his PHD from Cornell University. After obtaining his doctorate, Victor moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana and worked at Louisiana State University in the agriculture department. It was at LSU where he met his wife Ruth Carroll and they married in 1946.
They moved to Peru and lived there for 5 years, then came back to the states in 1951, and shortly thereafter Victor began working for the University of Florida at the Everglades Experiment Station in Belle Glade, Florida. He worked closely with the farmers in the Glades for decades and “officially” retired in 1987, but was given the status of professor emeritus and continued to work with the farming community until he turned 100 years old.
During his long career, Dr. Guzman had been involved in many facets of research, mostly regarding vegetable crops in organic soils. He conducted research on lettuce and celery varieties, nutrition, cultural practices, chemical weed control in sugar cane and vegetable crops and much more. He was given the title of “Lettuce King” by the area growers and was credited with nearly 200 publications.
In his later years, he made multiple donations to heartfelt causes. He established the Lake Okeechobee Muck Rat Nation Endowed Scholarship fund to benefit worthy local students at Palm Beach State College in Belle Glade. He made a generous donation to the Everglades REC to support ongoing agriculture research efforts. He also made a generous donation to Gove Elementary School Library and the Guzman Garden project, in honor of his late wife Ruth, who had a long career as the librarian at Gove. Victor was also proud to be a very active member of the Belle Glade Lions Club for over 50 years.
He was predeceased by his loving wife, Ruth and is survived by his 5 children, 5 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.
At this time, a private family service is planned. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the PBSC Lake Okeechobee Muck Rat Nation foundation or to the Belle Glade Lions Club. And, as Victor would encourage, spend more time in the beautiful natural great outdoors and stay inquisitive about all life has to offer!