September 5, 2007 - Issue: Vol. 153, No. 130 — Daily Edition110th Congress (2007 - 2008) - 1st Session
IN MEMORY OF JOHN BOETHING; Congressional Record Vol. 153, No. 130
(Extensions of Remarks - September 05, 2007)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E1801] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] IN MEMORY OF JOHN BOETHING ______ HON. ELTON GALLEGLY of california in the house of representatives Wednesday, September 5, 2007 Mr. GALLEGLY. Madam Speaker, I rise in memory of my friend John Boething, who died August 11 at 89 years young. It would be easier to list what J.B. didn't accomplish in his life than to list what he did. A college student at age 16, J.B. bicycled across Europe and explored South America as part of his master's thesis; was a U.S. Army captain during World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater; wrote a sports column; and was a freelance cartoonist for the New Yorker and other publications. But it was as one of the founding fathers of the wholesale horticulture industry that J.B. made his public mark. He founded Boething Treeland Farms as a retail operation on 35 acres in Woodland Hills, CA, in 1952, and grew it into one of the largest and most successful wholesale nurseries in California. Today, Boething Treeland Farms grows trees and shrubs on about 800 acres across the State. Not bad, considering J.B. knew little about the tree business when he started on money he borrowed from his father. J.B.'s success can be ascribed to him being the epitome of a people person. He had a wonderful sense of humor and, for all his successes, still lived in the house he built in Woodland Hills and added onto as his family grew. Having sought the advice of other nurserymen when starting Boething Treeland Farms, he freely gave advice later to others in the business--including those who started with him and went on to be competitors. While personable and fair, J.B. also maintained high standards and expected the best from his employees. With his motivation and example, they rarely disappointed. J.B. also supported the American Red Cross, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Doctors Without Borders, and Pepperdine University. He served on the Board of Directors of Sunset Magazine and for many years sponsored a lecture through the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University. Madam Speaker, I know my colleagues will join me in remembering J.B. and his contributions to horticulture and to all who knew him, and in offering our condolences to his wife of 54 years, Susan; their daughters, Sally Painter, Haydi Danielson, Cathy Pherson, and Marji Boething; their six grandchildren; and his extended family and wealth of friends. =========================== NOTE =========================== On Page E1801, September 5, 2007, the following appeared: Mr. Speaker, I know my colleagues will join me in remembering J.B. and The online version should be corrected to read: Madam Speaker, I know my colleagues will join me in remembering J.B. and ========================= END NOTE ========================= ____________________