International Agricultural Institute’s 25th Jubilee Recalls Jewish Founder
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International Agricultural Institute’s 25th Jubilee Recalls Jewish Founder

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When the International Institute of Agriculture celebrates its 25th anniversary here with the ministers of agriculture of 74 member countries attending, David Lubin, an American Jew who conceived the idea of the Institute, will not be present. He died six years ago. Formerly a merchant in California, Lubin evolved the idea of the Institute and interested the King of Italy in the plan. The King saw the possibilities of the idea and he financed it. From these small beginnings in 1905 the Institute has grown to one of the most valuable international organizations in the world.

When the general assembly of the Institute met in Rome in 1913, Mr. Lubin, then 72 years old, received a silver cup in appreciation of his services in organizing the Institute. Some measure of recognition is expected to be given to the late Mr. Lubin when the silver jubilee of the Institute is celebrated with King Victor Emanuel, as the patron of the Institute, attending.

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