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Department of Animal Sciences


Dairy Science Hall of Service: 2000-2005



Stuart Johnson

General Manager of Ohio DHI, Inc.


Ronald G. Long

VP Dairy Sires Program, Select Sires, Inc.

Currently the Chairman ofthe Dairy Sire Programs at Select Sires, Inc., Ron is a 1963 graduate of Ohio State University in the Department of Dairy Science. Ron has devoted bis career to the improvement of the dairy cow. As a breeder, classifier for Holstein USA, and then sire analyst, he has had the vision and creativity to build an effective system of evaluating dairy cows which extends to over two million cows annually in the USA and 25 other countries around the world. He currently supervises all phases of sire procurement, daughter evaluation and ultimately selection of proven sires in the largest AI cooperative in the world. Ron has served on many industry committees, as well as president of National Dairy Shrine in 1997. He and wife Karen reside near Marysville and thoroughly enjoy their three daughters and their families.


Donald L. Palmquist


Born July 2, 1936 in Silverton, Oregon, Dr  Palmquist obtained his BS from Oregon State University in 1958 and his Ph.D. from the University of California in 1965.  He joined the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in 1967 and reached the rank of Professor in 1982. Well respected nationally and internationally, his research in dairy cattle nutrition has emphasized lipid metabolism and milk composition and he has taught graduate courses in lipid nutrition and metabolism, ruminant physiology and dairy cattle nutrition. The recipient of many prestigious awards, Don  has presented numerous lectures at national and international meetings and has authored more than 80 scientific articles, plus over 180 abstracts and popular articles. He is avid supporter of milk and milk products, is active in community civic groups, serves in church leadership roles, and is an advocate for farmland preservation.  His accomplishments have brought recognition to the Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and to The Ohio State University.


Herman Brubaker

Chair of DFA Board

Behind the scenes or in the forefront, Herman Brubaker is one of Ohio's greatest drivers, leaders, and promoters in today's dairy industry. As a  West Alexandria,Ohio dairy producer, he and his family have spent a lifetime contributing to the agricultural fabric and rural eeonomy of the Buckeye State. Not only have he and his family built and maintained a successful dairy and grain operation, Herman Brubaker has turned his staunch belief in the dairy industry into a long history of achievements that have had a profound and positive impact on unifying dairy producers in the marketing, advertising, and promoting of their products at state, national and international levels. As a past student of The Ohio State  University, Herman has served as a "behind the scenes catalyst'' for driving cooperative and industry efforts to build funds that support activities for students and faculty  Throughout his career as chairman of the board for first, Milk Marketing Inc. and now, Dairy Farmers of America, Inc., Herman Brubaker has always focused on the future success of the dairy industry making sure that scholarships and job opportunities were available to OSU youth pursuing careers in dairy food, health and nutrition, dairy management and dairy economics/marketing.


Joseph M. Miller

Brown Swiss breeder

Born near Camden, Ohio in  Preble County, Joe is a 1964 grad uate of the Ohio State University in the Department of Dairy Science. A former National Brown Swiss board member, Joe is best known as the Youth Committee chair, breeder and owner of Kinnderkay Swiss. Secretary of the Ohio Brown Swiss Association since 1973, and is now Habilitations Manager for Darke County Adult Programa. Volunteerism has been a way of life for Joe Miller and his family. Joe is the National Youth Coordinator and has seen many faces pass through the halls of life as they grow up within the industry. He has been an inspiration to many and has been the driving force behind the success of the National Brown  Swiss Youth  Program. He and his wife Mary K. live near Laura, Ohio.


Peter W. Spike

Educator; Ext. Specialist

Dr. Pete Spike, Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Animal Sciences has served the dairy industry both in Ohio and national via his varied academic appointments from 1963 to the present, even though he retired in 2002. In his untiring commitments to youth, Pete's coaching of the OSU and the Ohio 4-H dairy cattle judging teams has allowed him to wear the coveted spur tie chain awarded to coaches of the winning teams of the National Collegiate contest. Pete became superintendent of the youth division of the Ohio State Dairy Show by the request of the Dairy Board due to his knowledge of cattle and youngsters. Additionally he coached the OSU team in the first national Dairy Challenge Contest, designed to test the ability of students to analyze a case study dairy farm and recommend solutions to the problems encounted. Pete and his wife Jean raised three fine children. Then their daughters took a teaching position in the Czech Republic, they were natually drawn to the charge of leading the OSU Study Abroad class to that country. As the faculty sponsor of the Bucheye Dairy Club, he has guided and instructed the students in the complete production of the Buckeye Dairy Classic Sale, which now includes three breeds. The students have thanked Pete in many dedication statement in the club yearbook and will maintain life-long relationships with Pete. Likewise, the Ohio Junior Holstein Association has grown many leaders under Pete's gentle yet strong guidance. The adult Holstein breeders have benefited from his involvement in the purebred Dairy Cattle Association. Everybody loves Pete!


Donald H. Schriver

Dairy Farmers of America

Born in Elyria, Ohio and presently serving as the executive vice president of Dairy Farmers of American, Donald Schriver supports the dairy industry with leadership and inspiration to his peers and to the youth of Ohio. A 1969 alumnus of The Ohio State University, he has provided leadership with commitment and participation on numerous fundraising efforts for the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. His contributions in the dairy industry are just as impressive. Don is responsible for inspiring dairy cooperative growth and expansion, cooperative education locally and nationwide, and youth development within the milk marketing cooperative. Don is an internationally known dairy co-op leader and has traveled and spoken in many countries on behalf of the dairy industry. Don's family background provides a natural inclination towards the cooperative business model and a strong sense of community service and responsibility. Don has never wavered from being an active participant in his community and his church.



K. Larry Smith


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Glen F. Hoffsis

Educator and Dean, OSU Veterinary Medicine

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Thomas L. Thorbahn

Holstein breeder; ABS Global, Inc.

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*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.