Retired Faculty 2000's


David V. Glover

1962 – 2000

Plant Genetics and Breeding

Dr. Glover served as principal investigator of the Purdue/U.S. Agency for International Development research projects on the inheritance and improvement of protein quality and content in maize. He was elected Fellow of AAAS, ASA, and CSSA and was elected Member at Large to AAAS Section (0) on Agriculture and has served on the Fellows Committee. 


James R. Wilcox

1966 -2000

Soybean Genetics & Breeding

Dr. Wilcox was the Research Leader of the USDA-ARS Crop Production and Pathology Research Unit in West Lafayette, IN for 20 years. He was involved in the development and release of 19 soybean cultivars and was responsible for the development of 9 of the 19.  Dr. Wilcox also served as coordinator of the Uniform Soybean Tests Northern Region for 25 years.


John D. Axtell

1967 – 2000

Sorghum Genetics & International Agronomy

Dr. Axtell worked toward international agricultural development through his work with sorghum digestibility.  He is most well known for promoting teamwork through interdisciplinary research and won the Dean’s Team Award from the School of Agriculture at Purdue in 1998. Dr. Axtell was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America, and a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy. 


H. Ronald Koller

1967 – 2000

Soybean Physiology

Dr. Koller performed research on the mechanisms that lead to interactions between the growing seed and photosynthesis in leaves of the soybean plant and is a member of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and the American Society of Plant Physiologists. He served on the editorial board of CSSA and as associate editor of Crop Science.


Charles B. Roth

1968 – 2001

Soil Chemistry

Dr. Roth and two of his colleagues developed a system for the benefication of clays that received a US patent. He was also instrumental in bringing computer technology to the agronomy department at Purdue before other departments. Dr. Roth also served on the Board of Directors of ASSA and SSSA and was made a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America in 1997. 


Donald P. Franzmeier

1967 – 2003​ 

Soil Gemorphology 

Dr. Franzmeier helped direct the Accelerated Soil Survey of Indiana in which the numbers of field soil scientists in the state were doubled in the 1970’s and 1980’s to hasten the completion of the "once-over" survey. He also served as the first chair of the registration board for registration of soil science by the state government and received the Commendation award from the Soil and Water Conservation Society.


Chris J. Johannsen

1963 -2003

Remote Sensing & Land Resources

Dr. Johannsen has worked extensively with remote sensing applications of soil resources and land use and has served as program leader and director of LARS. He has also been committed to the development of distance learning courses at Purdue and established a joint Master Degree program in Earth Observation with the University of Leuven in Belgium. Dr. Johannsen served as International President of the Soil and Water Conservation Society and has authored/co-authored one book and over 225 research and education articles. 


Ellsworth Christmas

1964 – 2004

Soybean and Small Grains Extension

Dr. Christmas served as an Assistant Director and Agricultural and Natural Resources Program Leader of the Indiana Cooperative Extension service for 15 years. He also represented the Cooperative Extension Service on the State Soil Conservation Board and the USDA State Technical Committee for more than 25 years. 


William W. "Bill" McFee

1965 – 2005

Soil Chemistry & Department Head

Dr. McFee taught soil science classes at Purdue and served as major professor to 13 graduate students. His research focused on plant nutrition, basic soil chemistry, laboratory work, and field ecological and environmental studies; he authored/co-authored over 50 journal articles, book chapters, and technical publications.  Dr. McFee served as the President of the American Society of Agronomy from 1996-1997 and as the Purdue Agronomy Department Head from 1991-2001. 


James J. Vorst

1969 – 2009

Crop Production

In his 40 years at Purdue, Dr. Vorst taught 10,000 students at three universities. He developed the Crops Resource Center at Purdue and helped them to add computer-assisted instruction. Since 1994, Dr. Vorst has been involved in the Certified Crop Advisor program. A Crop and Soil Science scholarship is established in his name at Purdue University.

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