(Dec. 5) Carl Campbell, known for his research on mangoes, died Nov. 25. He was 77.

Campbell was professor emeritus of the University of Florida’s Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead, Fla.

William Watson, executive director of the Orlando, Fla.-based National Mango Board, said Campbell’s research had a significant influence on tropical fruits and mango specialties from Florida, Central America and South America. Campbell helped growers learn how to efficiently and effectively grow and ship a product to the U.S. marketplace, Watson said.

Many growers and handlers of mangoes and tropical fruit in Florida, Central America or South America know of Campbell, Watson said.

Campbell had a great personality, Watson said. “He is one of those guys that once you’ve met him, you feel like you’ve known him for a long time. He is a genuine, kind person.”