Dr. Ben Villalon graduated from High School in 1954. He joined the United States Marine Corps,1954-1958. Worked as a Technician at the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, 1958-1960. He attended Texas A&M University 1960-1969. He received B.S. Agronomy, M.S. Horticulture/Genetics/Vegetable Breeding, Ph.D. Plant Pathology/Virology. He did tomato/strawberry breeding, University of FLA, Homestead, FLA, 1969-1971. Ben was called back to Weslaco, Texas A&M university to solve the devastating multiple virus diseases on bell peppers 1971-1996. Thousands of multiple virus resistant different pepper genotypes were shared with the Capsicum research and industry scientists. For over 50 years he has studied the science of nutritional foods for health. Both Ben and his wife Emma are avid runners for over 50 years.