Dr. Philip Eugene Parvin passed away at home in Port Charlotte, Florida, on September 17, 2013. He was born July 3, 1927, in Manatee, Florida, to Clinton Fisk Parvin and Beatrice Ward Parvin. Dr. Parvin, a 1945 graduate of Bradenton (FL) High School, earned a B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Florida
, and a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Michigan State University
. From 1968 to 1993, he was Superintendent of the University of Hawaii Agricultural Experiment Station on Maui, where he became known as "father of the Hawaiian protea industry" for his research and commercial development work. He is survived by long-time partner Ron Storm, brother and sister-in-law Richard H. and Marjorie A. Parvin of Clearwater, nieces and nephews. No memorial service is planned. Please honor Dr. Parvin's memory by caring for others and spending time with loved ones.