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Thanks Martin!

Wearing a hat befitting the title, Sir Martin of the Cluster Primordia cuts the ceremonial cake.

Wearing a hat befitting the title, Sir Martin of the Cluster Primordia cuts the ceremonial cake.

Alan Lakso, Justine Vanden Heuvel, students in HORT/VIEN 4444 and others feted retired Senior Extension Associate Martin Goffinet on the occasion of his last teaching assignment. While widely recognized for his research and Extension efforts, Goffinet has generously shared his expertise in grapevine structure, anatomy and growth with students over the years.

Vanden Heuvel read a light-hearted proclamation from Chair Marvin Pritts and Associate Chair Susan Brown that sums up Sir Martin of the Cluster Primordia‘s contributions:

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

Let it be known throughout the Kingdom of Horticulture, on this 27th day of February, in the Year of our Lord 2013, that Martin Goffinet is recognized for serving his King and Queen valiantly, with years of volunteer service above and beyond his ordained retirement date, and well in excess of what mere mortals usually give in service to the Kingdom.

Whereas his loyal subjects are most grateful for the cornucopia of knowledge and understanding he has generously bestowed;

And whereas the lords and ladies of the Kingdom are equally appreciative of Martin’s contributions to the education of their subjects and servants;

And whereas Martin is known throughout the empire as “just a really nice guy”;

Therefore, let it be known, from this day forward, that Martin Goffinet – despite his French-sounding name – will be heretofore known as Sir Martin of the Cluster Primordia – a title befitting only the most esteemed anatomists and knights.

Please accept our sincerest gratitude for a job well done, and may Pomona, Dionysus and Bacchus shower you with many blessings for as long as you choose to sit with the other Knights of the Round Table Grape.

King Marvin & Queen Susan

Goffinet's ceremonial cake featured a frosting version of one of his classic grapevine anatomy images.

Goffinet’s ceremonial cake featured a frosting version of one of his classic grapevine anatomy images.


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