Professor Emeritus Berthold to Receive Apicultural Society Award

Jul 22, 2008

Delaware Valley College professor emeritus, Dr. Robert Berthold, Jr., of Doylestown, PA, has been selected to receive the 2008 Roger A. Morse Teaching/Extension Service/Regulatory Award from the Eastern Apicultural Society of North America and will accept the award during the Society's annual meeting in August in Murray, Kentucky.

The Roger A. Morse Outstanding Teaching/Extension Service/Regulatory Award is given annually to recognize an individual in teaching/extension or regulatory activity in the field of apiculture.

Berthold was nominated by former student, Marian R. Young, a 1980 graduate of DelVal and president of BrightFields, Inc., an environmental consulting and remediation services firm located in Wilmington, Delaware. In her letter nominating Berthold, Young identifies him as "an inspiring professor whose enthusiasm for insects and especially honeybees, instilled in me a strong desire to learn more and to become a beekeeper myself." She continues by describing Berthold's love of honeybees, which started at age 5, and describes his stellar career. "Through the teaching, mentoring and outreach activities during his 37-year career, Dr. Robert Berthold, Jr., has demonstrated excellence in the field of apiculture and has inspired, in his students, the love of honeybees and the mastery of the art and science of beekeeping."

"For more than three decades, Dr. Berthold has had a profound effect on many Delaware Valley College graduates and athletes and still, as professor emeritus, is enlightening and inspiring our current students," said Dr. James E. Diamond, dean of agriculture and environmental sciences.

Berthold joined the Delaware Valley College faculty in 1968 and was a professor of biology teaching courses in biology, invertebrate zoology, entomology and apiculture. In addition, during his time as a professor, he also served for more than 10 years as the Summer Bee Inspector for Southeastern Pennsylvania for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and ran Berthold Candle Molds Manufacturing, a producer of candle molds. He has been a member of the Eastern Apiculture Society since 1968 and has taught beekeeping short courses and judged honey shows at the local, county, state, regional and national levels. He wrote the book, "Beeswax Crafting," in 1993 and has produced many articles for the American Bee Journal and Gleanings in Bee Culture magazine.

In addition, he coached the men's and women's cross country teams for 37 years and is still an active cross country and 10K runner in about 20 events per year. He received the Distinguished Faculty Member Award in 1983. Today, Berthold is still teaching as professor emeritus at DelVal, is an active member of The Order of Masons and builds homes with Habitat for Humanity. Berthold earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Juniata College, his master's degree in entomology from Rutgers University and his Ph.D. in apiculture from the Pennsylvania State University.