R​etired Faculty 1950's


Garnet Cutler

1926 – 1952


Dr. Cutler made significant contributions to Indiana Agriculture through the development of the Indiana strain of red clover and was the first soybean breeder in the Midwest to use artificial hybridization in the development of a soybean variety. He was also an internationally recognized judge of small grains and served as a grain judge at the International Grain and Hay Show, the Indiana State Fair, and the State Show at Purdue


Fred E. "Robbie" Robbins

1913 – 1953

Crop Production

Professor Robbins developed an advanced course in commercial grain quality which was the first of its kind in the United States and helped him to establish valuable contacts with the commercial grain industry.  He served as advisor to the Purdue Agriculturist and the Purdue Agronomy Club, as well as coach to the Purdue Inter-Collegiate Crop Judging Teams. Professor Robbins also founded Ceres, an Agronomy Honorary Fraternity, which he advised from its creation in 1920 until his retirement. ​


George Enfield

1927 – 1955

Extension Agronomist

Dr. Enfield was well respected in the fields of soil management extension and research. His leadership and communication with farmers and groups of farmers contributed to the rapid acceptance of new technology by American farmers. Dr. Enfield’s career at Purdue included not only his extension and research positions, but also work as a research chemist.


Roy A. Weaver

1937 – 1955

Soil Chemistry

Professor Weaver was responsible for sales and preparation of the Purdue Soil and Plant Tissue Testing Kits and the ordering of chemical and laboratory supplies for the entire agronomy department. He was always willing to help students with chemical analysis or finding lab equipment.  Professor Weaver carried out the analytical work on paper with Tom Bushnell and George Scarseth that was published in the proceedings of the Soil Science Society of America.


Mervill O. "M.O." Pence

1925 – 1957

Extension Agronomy

Professor Pence was the first to demonstrate the Purdue Soil Test Kit on the farm in 1934 and made marked improvements in crop yields during his 32-year tenure at Purdue. He is a Life Member of the Indiana Crop Improvement Association, Alpha Zeta, Epsilon Sigma Phi, Ceres Honoraries, Phi Sigma Kappa social fraternity, and received the Soils and Crops Award in 1953 for meritorious service to Indiana Agriculture.


Horace Carl Thompson

1939 – 1957

Extension Agronomy

Carl Thompson was appointed an Extension field agent in 1939, working with the Purdue Agronomy Department and T.V.A. He helped to organize the Farm Bureau in Dubois County and was also appointed Secretary Treasurer of Orange County A.A.A. in 1936.


Thomas Bushnell

1921 - 1959

Soil Survey

Professor Bushnell worked on Land Classification in Region III for the Resettlement Administration and was an agricultural specialist in a Cornell University air photo interpretation team and for the Land and Agricultural Planning Commission in Burma. He was also in charge of the Indiana Soil Survey after 1921 and used aerial photographs as a base for soil survey.  Professor Bushnell developed micro monoliths for sampling soils so field evidence could be easily preserved and stored.

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