Retired Faculty 1980's


Harry H. Galloway

1958 – 1980​

Land Use Extension

Professor Galloway is a Fellow of the Indiana Academy of Science and a member of ASA, SSSA, SCSA, Academies of Science in Michigan, Oklahoma, and Indiana, Sigma Xi, Gamma Sigma Delta, Phi Sigma, Xi Sigma Pi, and Epsilon Sigma Phi. He also provided major leadership to the soil judging contests in Indiana, one of the most successful programs in the nation. 


Larry A. Schaal

1956 – 1982


Professor Schaal served as the first U.S. Weather Bureau State Climatologist for Indiana at Purdue University 17 years and was the Indiana State Climatologist in the Purdue Agronomy Department for 10 years. He helped to coordinate a weekly weather and crop report and educated farmers in climatology by writing a monthly weather column in the magazine Prairie Farmer. Professor Schaal was president of the Central Indiana Chapter of the American Meteorological Society and a member of Sigma Xi.


Donald A. Holt

1964 – 1982

Crop Physiology

Dr. Holt and his Purdue colleagues developed SIMED, a computerized simulation model of alfalfa growth and development. He also has served as Chair of Peer Review Panel of NCLAN, national EPA-USDA-University project to assess effects of air pollutants on crops since 1982. 


Daniel Wiersma

1955 – 1983 

Plant-Soil-Water Relationships

Dr. Wiersma was known as an authority on irrigating soils during his time at Purdue. He served as Director of the Purdue Water Resource Research Center for 17 years and performed lab studies of water holding characteristics of over 200 soil types in Indiana. He was often asked to speak in crop production extension schools and taught a plant-soil-water relations course for graduate students.  From 1962-1963, Dr. Wiersma directed irrigation and evapotranspiration research for the Rockefeller Foundation Colombian Program.


Darrell W. Nelson

1968 – 1984

Soil Science

Dr. Nelson conducted research involving field and laboratory studies on using nitrification and urease inhibitors to reduce losses of nitrogen from soils and thereby increasing crop yields among other desirable benefits. He is a member of ASA, SSSA, International Soil Science Society, CAST, AAAS, Sigma Xi, and Phi Kappa Phi.


William H. Daniel

1950 – 1985

Turfgrass Management

Dr. Daniel is co-inventor of the PAT System used in maintaining turf on heavily used areas such as football fields and is one of the leaders in developing the International Turfgrass Society. He has also received the American Society of Agronomy’s Agronomic Service Award, the Distinguished Service Award of the Golf Course Superintendents Association, and was inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame in 1981.


Clifford D. Spies

1957 – 1985

Extension Agronomist

Professor Spies was  the supervisor of the Purdue-TWA Test Demonstration program in Indiana from 1957 – 1972. He worked in developing extension programs, taught a graduate course, and served as Chief-of-Party while assigned to the Purdue-USAID University Development Project in Brazil from 1965 – 1969.  Professor Spies also received the Senior Award and the Extension Career Award from the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialists Association.


Lee E. Sommers

1970 – 1985

Soil Microbiology

Dr. Sommers’ served as the major advisor to 13 grad students as well as the advisory committees of 50 grad students. He is best known for teaching graduate level soil chemistry. Dr. Sommers has chaired sessions of ASA meetings, of which he has been a part since 1967.


Alvin John Ohlrogge

1942 - 1986

Soil Fertility & Plant Growth Regulators

Dr. Ohlrogge was committed to increasing food production in order to feed the growing world population and focused his research on intensive crop management and fertilizer applications that contributed to greater corn yields. He also researched the use of growth regulators on corn and soybeans and published over 100 scientific papers. Dr. Ohlrogge was professor to 59 advanced degree students; 29 earned a Ph.D. He helped to found the Scarseth Scholarship Fund that supports graduate student travel in the Department of Agronomy at Purdue.


Oscar W. "Ozzie" Luetkemeier

1949 – 1986

Agronomy Farm Supervisor

Mr. Luetkemeier served as superintendent of the Purdue Agronomy Farm, supervising the multiplication of no less than 90 varieties of breeders’ seed and soybeans, wheat oats, barley and crambe. He served on the board of directors for the Indiana Crop Improvement Association and the Indiana Forage Council. In 1983, he received the Frederick L. Hovde Award for Excellence in Educational Service to Rural People of Indiana. 


Byron O. Blair

1954 – 1986

Crop Ecology

Dr. Blair had a large role in creating Agronomy 398, also known as the Sophomore Seminar. He taught 12 courses at Purdue and received awards for outstanding teaching and counseling. Dr. Blair served as advisor to the Agronomy Club, during which time the club won both local and national awards for outstanding achievement.


Fred L. Patterson

1950 – 1986

Small Grain Improvement

Dr. Patterson developed many improved cultivars of small grains and played a major role in the development of five winter barley cultivars, twenty-four soft winter wheat cultivars, and nineteen oat cultivars. He was a consultant to the Rockefeller Foundation on Graduate Training of Latin American students, was a member of the National Academy of Sciences National Research Council Pre-Doctoral Fellowship panel for two years, and was president of the CSSA in 1968 as well as the president of ASA in 1976.


Loyal F. "Pete" Bauman

1959 – 1986

Genetics and Plant Breeding

Dr. Bauman served as Chairman of the Purdue University Agricultural Experiment Station Corn Improvement Committee for 24 years and was Associate Editor of Crop Science and Maydica (an International journal on maize breeding and genetics). He also was a member of several ASA and CSSA committees. 


Werner L. Nelson

1973 – 1986

Soil Fertility

Dr. Nelson worked with the American Potash Institute as the Midwest director and as an Adjunct Professor of Agronomy at Purdue University. He worked to shorten the time between the development of an idea and the acceptance of the idea by farmers through interpreting research data and training others to utilize that data more effectively. Dr. Nelson helped to develop organizations such as the Indiana Plant Food and Ag Chemical Association and the North Central Extension Industry Soil Fertility Workshop. 


William C. "Bill" Moldenhauer

1975 – 1986

Soil Erosion Research

Dr. Moldenhauer served as the Research Leader for the National Soil Erosion Laboratory at Purdue through the Agricultural Research Service (ARS). His research centered around developing methods for controlling soil erosion and the erosion process, and his work has been recognized as understandable and usable. Dr. Moldenhauer served as project manager for a multi-state, multi-agency project that developed integrated conservation production systems for the Corn Belt. 


Cyril B. Brown


Soil Chemistry, Mineralogy, & International Agriculture

Dr. Brown completed many international assignments for the United States Agency for International Development and has been a consultant on tropical soils for the American Technical Assistance Corporation, Research Analysis Corporation, Consortium for International Development, Texas Oil Co., Shell Oil Co., British Petroleum, and other international organizations. 


James E. Newman

1949 – 1987

Biometeorology and Bioclimatology

Professor Newman served on the Advisory Board of the International Society of Biometeorology and was a member of a select committee of the National Defense University where he analyzed the impact of climate change on world food production. He was a USDA National Library Scholar in 1975 and received various awards such as the American Society of Agronomy Soils and Crops Journalism Award, the Fulbright Award, and the Purdue University Agricultural Alumni Association Certificate of Distinction.


Roy D. Bronson

1959 - 1987

Soil Fertility 

Dr. Bronson taught international agronomy courses at Purdue and co-founded the International Agriculture Club. He also served as director of the State Soil Testing Laboratory. Dr. Bronson also served as an advisor and counselor of students and coordinated the Purdue/Peace Corps Intern Program for Brazil. 


Russell Kennedy Stivers

1955 – 1987

Soil Fertility & Cropping Systems

Dr. Stivers served as director of the Purdue University Soil and Plant Analysis Laboratory twice during his time at Purdue. He was in charge of handling the allotment of seed variety releases to certified seed growers in Indiana for over 20 years. His enduring work on the effects of nutrients is still used in undergraduate courses. In 1984, Dr. Stivers received the Indiana Crop Improvement Association Crops and Soils Merit Award and was a member of the Indiana Academy of Science.


Robert Dale

1967 – 1987


Dr. Dale helped to develop an interdisciplinary program in agricultural meteorology between the Department of Agronomy and the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Purdue. He is also served on several committees of the American Meteorological Society, chairing its agricultural meteorology committee in 1974, which laid groundwork for the entry of the AMS into the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.


Joe L. White

1947 – 1988

Soil Chemistry & Mineralogy

In his 41 years at Purdue, Dr. White directed 25 Ph.D. students, 5 M.S. students, and had 10 postdoc​torals in his research program. He developed a course for graduate students in crystal structure and X-ray identification of clay minerals and taught the class for 28 years. Dr. White also played a valuable role in planning and establishing the Purdue University Soil Testing Laboratory in 1951.


A.R. "Rudy" Hilst

1949 – 1989

Associate Dean of Resident Instruction

Dr. Hilst was respected for his teaching and research abilities. He performed research on the morphological development of cereals in relationship to herbicides, leading to 15 scientific articles, publications, and talks at professional society meetings based on his findings. He was appointed Associate Dean and Director of Resident Instruction in the School of Agriculture at Purdue University where he was referred to by the students as "the Friendly Dean."​​

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