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Department of Animal Sciences


Dairy Science Hall of Service: 1986-1992


Duane L. Butler*

Dairy farmer; AI industry

Grew up on a small dairy farm in Trumbull County. He and his wife Evelyn owned and operated a dairy farm near Youngstown, Ohio, milking registered Guernsey cattle. A leader in the formation of the original Trumbull-Ashtabula A.I. Assoc. and COBA, serving for 27 years as Sec., V Pres., and Pres. of the Board of Directors. During his term as president, he devoted untold time and effort to the formation of Select Sires, Inc.  He & Evelyn raised five children and are leaders in their community.


John W. Hibbs*

Educator; Associate Chair of Dept. of Dairy Science

B.S., M.S., Ph.D., from The Ohio State University. Professor of Dairy Science - Ruminant Nutrition.  In 1943, he became a full-time member of the OARDC/OSU research staff and was promoted through the ranks to professor in 1953. Dr  Hibbs served as Associate Chairman from 1971 to retirement in 1983 and was a noted ruminant nutritionist. In recognition as a scientist, he received the ADSA Borden Award in 1952 and the ADSA American Feed Manufacturing Award in 1962.  Wife Marie (Maxwell), two sons, David and Sam. Dr  Hibbs is active in community organizations and activities.


Earl McMunn*

Agricultural journalist

Agricultural Journalist. Born Guernsey County, he spent his boyhood on a 275-acre general farm and showed Jersey cattle. He received a B.S. degree - Agriculture in 1934. He was an employee of the OSU Dairy Barn during his tenure at OSU. He began his career as an agricultural journalist in 1936, serving The Ohio Farmers as a field editor, associate editor, and in 1948 as editor, until 1975 when he became director of public affairs for the Harvest Publishing Company. Through his articles, Earl brought to life the character and strengths, the weaknesses and needs of Ohio's rural communities and farming industry. His spotlight on important issues on the "Let's Reason Together" page was distributed widely, used as background information by lawmakers, members of governmental agencies, and others. His writings have always illustrated the dedication and concern he has had for the well being of agriculture.


T.“Scotty” Sutton*

Educator; administrator

Teacher, Researcher, Administrator. Born Jefferson County BS 1928, MS 1929; Ph.D 1934; The Ohio State University, Biochemistry and Nutrition. Taught in public school for four years. From 1929 to 1966, he was associated with the College of Agriculture as an instructor, assistant, associate, and full professor. From 1948-51, he was Chairman, Dept. of Agric. Biochem. From 1951-55, Chairman Dept. of Animal Science and Assistant Dean for the College of Agr and Assoc. Dean from 1957-66 and the Assistant Director of the Agr Experiment Station. Served as advisor to Dean, College of Agriculture in Punjab for 10 years. Pursued classical studies in the area of butterfat composition in dairy cows and extensively in the area of vitamin A and carotene requirements of dairy cattle. Helped to develop colostrum bank procedures for young dairy calves which is still being used today.


Wallace Erickson*

General Manager and Executive VP COBA/Select Sires, Inc.

In 1977, Dr Wallace Erickson was hired as General Manager and Executive Vice President of COBA/Select Sires, Inc. and has served in that capacity the past 11 years. He served two three-year terms on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Animal Breeders and as its Vice President in 1977-78 and its President Elect 1983-85 and President 1985-87.  Wally's career is studded with exhibits of generosity and dedication to The Ohio State University and the Ohio dairy industry. He cultivated a scholarship program and a grant-in-aid program to further the education and experience in research of outstanding students. The epitomy of the organizational spirit of member helping member, he signs his letters, "cooperatively yours."


H.Russell Conrad

Educator; Associate Chair of Dept. of Dairy Science; Assoc. Director OARDC

B.S., Univ KY, 1948, M.S., OSU, 1949, Ph.D., OSU, 1952. Born October 3, 1925 in Burlington, KY. His entire professional career has been dedicated to serving Ohio, its dairy industry, and nutritional science. He became Professor in 1964 and in 1986 accepted the appointment as associate director of OARDC. He taught the advanced graduate course in animal energetics for 26 years and has advised many students for Ph.D. and M.S. degrees. He has been a recipient of many prestigious awards, has presented numerous lectures at national and international meetings, has authored more than 150 scientific articles, and written many abstracts and popular articles. His accomplishments have brought recognition to the Department of Dairy Science, The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and to The Ohio State University.


Reuben Jones*

Dairy farmer; public servant

Reuben R. Jones is a lifetime farmer and breeder of purebred Holstein cattle in Jackson, Ross and Pickaway counties. In addition to his farming operation, Reuben has held the position of Director of the Livestock and Dairy Division with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. He was responsible for administering the dairy price support program and overseeing the Advertising and Sales Promotion Program for wool and mohair. He has served on numerous local and state boards and committees. Reuben's activities also include serving as a member of the Ohio expositions Commission, the Governor's Commission on Agriculture, and the Dairy Science Advisory Board.


Larry Neel

General Manager and Executive VP COBA/Select Sires, Inc.

Larry graduated with the Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the Ohio State University, majoring in Dairy Science, in 1951. He has held various positions with COBA/Select Sires, Inc. where he is currently General Manager. He served the Ohio State Fair for 21 years as Assistant Superintendent or Superintendent of the Dairy Department, developing the computerized dairy entries system. In 1987 he was named to the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame. Larry's boundless energy and enthusiasm inspire adults and young people to move forward to new heights. Leading by example and working with and for people, Larry continues to contribute to our dairy industry.


John R. Staubus


Dr. John Staubus received his B.S., Masters and Ph.D. degrees in dairy cattle nutrition at the University of Illinois. In 1960, he joined the OSU Dairy Science Department as Extension Specialist in dairy cattle nutrition and was appointed Program Leader for Dairy Extension in 1973. Dr. Staubus has devoted his life to the service of the dairymen of Ohio including the development and application of the Ohio Ration Evaluation Program.  He also effectively served as a teacher and adviser of college students.  He is a scholar with broad interests and a logical mind, allowing him to be a competent and an excellent teacher.


Glen Wagner

General Counsel and Assistant Secretary MMI Board of Directors

Since 1948, Mr. Glen Wagner has served Ohio dairy producers with his most capable knowledge of the legal and marketing issues that face this complex industry. His deep understanding of the federal order milk marketing system, cooperative marketing, and antitrust actions have benefitted marketing cooperatives and their members, nationwide. And therefore, because of Mr. Wagner's skillful intertwining of legal expertise, management abilities and his deep-felt respect for the industry and its producer,  we honor his 1991 enrollment in the Ohio Dairy Science Hall of Fame.



J. Gordon Riehl

General Manager MMI

*indicates deceased

Abbreviations: ADSA = American Dairy Science Association, AI = artificial insemination, COBA = Central Ohio Breeders Association, DFA = Dairy Farmers of America, DHI = Dairy Herd Improvement, MMI – Milk Marketing Incorporated, NOBA = Northern Ohio Breeders Association, OARDC = Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, USDA = United States Department of Agriculture, and VP = vice president.