John V. D’Albora, Sr. (1898-1978)
Shippers Advisors Committee
Florida Citrus Mutual
Growers & Shippers League of Florida
Indian River Citrus League
United Growers & Shippers Association of Florida
Born in New York City in 1898, John V. D’Albora, Sr. moved to the Indian River region on Florida’s East Coast in 1924, where he distinguished himself as a pioneer of citrus. His most notable achievement was his quest to ensure that all Florida citrus met the highest standards of quality before it was shipped. He was also well-known for helping to promote Florida citrus in out-of-state markets. D’Albora also pioneered mechanical harvesting research and development programs.
During his lifetime, he maintained associations with many citrus agencies throughout Florida. This included the Shippers Advisor’s Committee, Florida Citrus Mutual and Growers and Shippers League of Florida. He also directed both the Indian River Citrus League and the United Growers and Shippers Association of Florida.
He was elected to the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame in 1981, three years after his death in 1978.