2009 Apex Winners
Gerald and Joan Gentry
For Gerald and Joan Gentry, Purdue is more than just a university; Purdue means family. They were high school sweethearts, married and had two children, William (BS Agricultural Economics ’91) and Angela (BS Pharmacy ’86). After starting their family, Gerald and Joan moved to West Lafayette and Purdue University where their kids made trips out to the agricultural farms and Gerald studied Agronomy, earning his degree in 1968. After graduation, the Gentry family moved to “Happy Valley,” Pennsylvania, and Gerald received his Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Penn State University in 1970.
Gerald has enjoyed a long career as a commodities trader from his days at Merrill Lynch to his time at the Chicago Board of Trade, where he held a seat from 1973 to 2006. Gerald and Joan moved back to West Lafayette, and these days, Gerald is still enjoying his work from the comfort of home where he trades mostly online.
In 1999, Gerald and Joan established the Gerald and Joan Gentry Scholarships in Agronomy and Agricultural Economics. As a result of the Gentry’s generosity, numerous undergraduates have been awarded scholarships to support their academic careers.
Gerald received the Purdue Agronomic Achievement Award in 2001 and served on the Department of Agronomy’s Advisory Council from 2005- 2007. Beginning in October 2009, Gerald will chair the President’s Council Leadership Board.
Gerald and Joan are members of the President’s Council and the John Purdue Club. Although the Gentry’s say they have too many great memories at Purdue to pick just one, some of their favorites include trips with other President’s Council members and former Purdue University President Steven Beering and his wife, Jane.