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In Memory of Bryce Farnsworth

Retired North Dakota State University research specialist Bryce Farnsworth passed away September 13, 2018 in Fargo, ND.
In Memory of Bryce Farnsworth

Bryce Farnsworth

September 19, 2018

Retired North Dakota State University research specialist Bryce Farnsworth passed away September 13, 2018 in Fargo, ND.

Farnsworth received his Bachelor’s degree in horticulture at NDSU. He was hired in 1974 as an agricultural research technician and was later reclassified as a research specialist. He worked in the potato improvement program, contributing to the breeding programs of Drs. Robert Johansen, Shelley Jansky, Gary Secor, Jim Lorenzen, Rich Novy and Asunta (Susie) Thompson.

In 1998, Farnsworth received a NDSU Agriculture Professional Staff Award for Excellence and was named an Honorary Life Member by the Potato Association of America. In 2003, he received the Prairie Garden Award for Excellence from the Prairie Garden Committee, Manitoba, Canada.

He was active in the North Dakota State Horticultural Society, the American Hemerocallis Society (AHS), the North Dakota Pottery Collectors Society, and the NDSU Harvest Bowl committee.   

Farnsworth was involved in establishing the current NDSU Horticulture Research and Demonstration Gardens (southwest entrance to campus at the corner of 12th Ave. and 18th St. N), lending his daylily (Hemerocallis) expertise to relocating the Historic Daylily Display Garden, an official AHS Display Garden. With over 1700 historic and modern cultivars, this garden is one of the three largest of its kind in the world, and the only Historic AHS Display Garden located at a university.

He developed many new daylily cultivars in his home “nursery” over his lifetime, and his own garden was an AHS Display Garden. He donated many historic and modern daylilies to NDSU. In 2013, Mary Baker, Region One AHS Historic Daylily Garden Liaison, named a daylily after him – ‘Bryce Farnsworth’ (Fargo x Alicia Rose Kissed).

He retired from NDSU in 2012 after 38 years of service.

A memorial service was held September 20, 2018 in McHenry, ND.

The full obituary is at https://www.evansfuneralhomend.com/obituaries/bryce-farnsworth/.

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