Boodley, Dr. James W.
James W. Boodley, professor emeritus of floriculture and ornamental horticulture and a potting mix pioneer, died Feb. 12 in Kent, Ohio. He was 88. Dr. Boodley was to co-developer of the Cornell Peat-Lite Mixes - which came to be known as Cornell Mix - which transformed the greenhouse industry in the 1960s. Before coming to Cornell as assistant professor in 1958, Dr. Boodley received his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. He was promoted to full professor in 1968 and served as chair of the Department of Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture from 1970 to 1975. Dr. Boodley wrote the widely used textbook, The Commercial Greenhouse, which is considered to be the definitive guidebook by many in the greenhouse industry. Thousands of today's industry professionals were trained from this textbook and it continues to be used, now in its third edition. Boodley was elected a fellow in American Society for Horticultural Science in 1982 and received numerous other awards and recognitions. After retiring from Cornell in 1983, he continued his career at the Smithers-Oasis Company in Kent, Ohio. On a personal level, Dr. Boodley was a US Navy veteran, with his private pilot license and instrument certification. He was also an avid sailor, wind surfer, exercise enthusiast, and gardener. He is survived by his four children and four grandchildren. A remembrance and dedication will be held, Saturday June 18th at 10am at the Ithaca Yacht Club followed by a remembrance and dedication at Minn's Garden, 267 Tower Road, Cornell University at 2pm. Friends and colleagues are welcome to attend either or both events.
Published in Ithaca Journal on Jun. 15, 2016.