, | Certificate of Distinction: 1992
Ward, a 1943 graduate in agricultural economics, was cited for outstanding farm management practices as a progressive and innovative farmer and hog producer, and for contributions to agriculture and Purdue, and to his community.
After serving in the Navy during World War II, Ward then returned to the family farm in Montgomery County. He is now president of R&R Farms, Inc., Edgewood Farms, Inc., and Myrtle Ward Farms, Inc. Twice his farms were selected for the Indiana State Farm Management Tours sponsored by Purdue.
He has served as president of the Indiana State Farm Management Association, Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association, and he Montgomery County Historical Society.
Ward is an active member of the American and Indiana Society of Farm Management and Rural Appraisers, the Montgomery County and State Chambers of Commerce, a board member of the Montgomery County Community Foundation and the county's Cultural Foundation. He served as a director of the Montgomery County Farm Bureau some 20 years.
Since 1972 Ward has served as the chairman of the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Trust Fund, and has served on the Dean's Advisory Committee, and the Purdue President's Council, and is a member of the John Purdue Gold Coat Club. He is also a 30-year member of the Linden Masonic Lodge, and the Kiwanis• Club. He was named an Indiana Prairie Farmer Master Farmer in 1971.