Kelman, professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin and North Carolina State University, is recognized for his excellence in science, mentorship, and scholarship in plant pathology. He championed the importance of increasing our level of understanding of complex pathosystems and made numerous fundamental and practical contributions to the mechanisms of virulence and pathogenesis and the ecology and control of phytobacteria. During his tenure as a distinguished fundamental scientist, he was also recognized by numerous commodity groups for the impact he had on controlling bacterial diseases of those crops. Kelman served as APS president in 1967, was elected a fellow of the society in 1969, received the APS Award of Distinction in 1983, and is a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences.
(Submitted for publication in July 2008.)