Merritt Huntington • 1926-2005

Merritt was first and foremost a friend to all Orchid hobbyists. His accomplishments were many and varied within the Orchid Community. He was a member of at least ten Orchid Societies up and down the East Coast, and he was in great demand as a speaker and as an auctioneer. Merritt loved and excelled at these events due to his vast knowledge of Orchids and his outgoing personality. In addition to his involvement with local societies, Merritt held many national offices within the American Orchid Society (AOS), including President. In the 50 years he was affiliated with the AOS he held every office that was available and always served with distinction. He was the perennial Auctioneer for the AOS Trustees meetings for many years. He earned two Gold Medals from the AOS, and the Huntington Award for the Most Outstanding FCC of the year is named in his honor.

Merritt was also a senior judge in the Washington Judging center, and was well respected for his knowledge of Orchids. He was the proprietor of Kensington Orchids for many years until his retirement in 2002. Merritt was a force in the Eastern Orchid Congress (EOC) and twice received their Silver medal for outstanding service. With the demise of the EOC in 2001, several of Merritt's Virginia friends that had been involved with the last EOC in Williamsburg in 2000, requested his assistance to start a speakers' day or symposium that could be used to fill the void left by the demise of the EOC. As usual, he was very enthusiastic about helping get the event off the ground, but unfortunately his untimely death came before the first Symposium was held in November 2005. It is with heartfelt gratitude for all that he did that our annual Symposium is named in his memory.

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