Alumni News In Brief—Vol. 7, No. 1

Cals Award Honors: Retiring Cast Ceo, John Bonner

John Bonner (BS ’68 dairy science, MS ’71 animal science, PhD ’74 animal science), retiring executive vice president and chief executive officer of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, was presented the college’s Impact Award for Extraordinary Partnership at a reception Jan. 23 on the ISU campus. Bonner served as head of the Ames-based organization since 2005.

Ag Technology Speech By Monsanto Vp Jim Tobin Available Online

Jim Tobin, vice president of industry affairs at Monsanto Company, presented the 2013 Carl and Marjory Hertz Lecture on Emerging Issues in Agriculture March 28 on the Iowa State University campus. Tobin (‘78 agricultural education) presented “Agricultural Technology: Reflections on the Journey, Perspectives on the Future.”  Click here for a link to a podcast of the lecture.

Cals Grads Honored By Isu Foundation, Alumni Association

Two Agriculture and Life Sciences graduates were honored with the highest awards presented by the ISU Alumni Association and ISU Foundation during a ceremony on April 19.
Neil E. Harl (’55 ag and life sciences education; PhD ’65 economics), left, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences and professor emeritus of economics, received the Order of the Knoll Faculty and Staff Award
for his dedicated and long-term professional and volunteer service to the Iowa State University Foundation and Iowa State through the advancement of philanthropy. Esmail Zirakparvar (MS ’77 plant pathology, PhD ’79), right, retired chief operating officer of Bayer CropScience, was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award—presented to alumni nationally and internationally recognized for preeminent contributions to their professions or life’s work.

In Memoriam

George Beal (‘43 agricultural economics, MS ‘47, PhD ‘53 rural sociology), 95, of Kailua died Sept. 20. The Iowa State University Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Sociology served in the Army during World War II before joining the faculty at ISU. He received the Henry A. Wallace Award for Distinguished Service to Agriculture. After retirement in 1977 he and his family moved to Kailua, Hawaii, where he took a position as professor with the East West Center. Beal was previously profiled in STORIES magazine and the George M. Beal Distinguished Lectureship in Rural Sociology was recently established by alumni in his honor. Visit the Iowa State Foundation to honor Beal by supporting the fund and read more about his contributions to sociology and Iowa State University.