Dr. Frederick E. Gildow Honored for 31 Years of Service to the Department

Posted: October 12, 2014

Dr. Gildow was recognized for his leadership, friendship, and mentorship at a picnic held on October 4, 2014. Despite the cold weather, more than 80 friends, colleagues, and students gathered to recognize and celebrate his career.
(L-R) Seogchan Kang, Fred Gildow, and David Geiser

(L-R) Seogchan Kang, Fred Gildow, and David Geiser

Dr. Gildow earned his Ph.D. in plant pathology (specialized in plant virology under the guidance of Dr. William F. Rochow) from Cornell University and immediately began his professional career in academics as an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of California-Berkeley.  In 1983, Dr. Gildow joined the faculty in the Department of Plant Pathology at Penn State.  After moving through the faculty ranks, Dr. Gildow became the head of the renamed Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology in 2009, a position he held until his retirement at the end of August 2014. 

Dr. Gildow has contributed substantially to both fundamental and applied research on viral diseases by integrating knowledge and tools in virology, plant pathology, and entomology through collaboration. Notably, Dr. Gildow was one of the lead scientists in an interagency team to understand and eradicate Plum pox virus (PPV) from Pennsylvania. His efforts contributed to the successful eradication of PPV in Pennsylvania and cleared the path for the restoration of the stone fruit industry there. He was one of the seven members of the faculty and staff in the College of Agricultural Sciences to receive an Honor Award from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for their efforts to help wipe out PPV in Pennsylvania.

We all wish Fred the best of luck.