Retired Faculty 1940's


Martin Luther Fisher

1903 – 1942


Dean Fisher was in charge of the Purdue University Department of Agronomy in the School of Agriculture, Assistant Chief of the Soils and Crops Department in the Agriculture Experiment Station, and Assistant Dean of Agriculure, and Dean of Men. He was a member of the American Society of Agronomy, The Association for the Advancement of Agriculture, The Indiana Academy of Science, and the Audubon Society.


Alfred Theodore Wiancko

1903 – 1943


Professor Wiancko served as the first Agronomy Department Head and was responsible for creating the Purdue Soils and Crops Department, in which he taught both crops and soils classes. He also conducted cooperative research with farmers and introduced soybeans to the cornbelt in 1904. Professor Wiancko was also a judge in local and state grain shows.


George D. Scarseth

1938 – 1961

Soil Chemistry

Dr. Scarseth was the Purdue Agronomy Department Head from 1943-1944. He supervised 11 graduate students including Alvin Ohlrogge, a Purdue Agronomy professor, and Ozzie Luetkemeier, a Purdue Agronomy Farm superintendent. He was president of the Soil Science Society, received the Freedom Foundation Award in 1951, and was a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy. The George D. Scarseth Memorial Endowment, established in 1977, is named after him and funds trips to professional meetings for Purdue Agronomy graduate​ students.


Norman Volk

1944 - 1948

Soil Science

Dr. Volk is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and was elected one of the ten leading fertilizer chemists in the United States. He also served as president of the Soil Science Society of America in 1948 and served as Director of the Purdue Agricultural Experiment Station from 1958 – 1967.

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