James F. Guymon Memorial Lecturer
James F. Guymon began his career at UCD in 1939, he served in the US Army in World War II from 1941-1946 and then returned to UCD after the war in 1946. Guymon's research was broad in scope, but emphasized fermentation, distillation, and aging-as related to brandy. He was made a Mousquetarie d'Honneur by the Compagnie des Mousquetaires d'Armagnac, France in 1962. The Rose-Hulman Institute awarded him an honorary Doctor of Science in 1972 for his leadership in establishing the field of enology at the University of California. Guymon retired in 1977. According to his colleagues, he was a true gentleman of taste and geniality, always helpful, convivial, thoughtful, scholarly, and generous with his time. Upon his death in 1978, friends and family contributed to the fund that bears his name.
The James F. Guymon Lecturer is chosen by a select committee of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture with the approval of the Chair of the Department of Viticulture and Enology. The Lectureship honors contributions to the science of fermentation of wines and the distillation and aging of beverage brandy.