Professor Emeritus John T. Murdock died suddenly on August 29, 2014 at his home in Murray, Kentucky at the age of 86 years old. He earned his BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Kentucky in 1951 and 1952, and his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1955 under the guidance of Professor L. E. Englebert. He went on to direct the PhD programs of three future faculty members of the college: Leo M. Walsh, Ronald Doersch, and Wayne R. Kussow. John was appointed as an assistant professor in 1955, promoted to associate in 1960, and to full professor in 1968, at which time he was also named assistant director of International Agricultural Programs of the college. From 1973 to 1975, he was the associate director of International Agricultural Programs, and from 1975 to 1980, the president and executive director of the Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities (MUCIA). John retired after serving as chair of the Department of Soil Science from 1988-1991. His institution-building efforts in Brazil and Indonesia had great impact on colleges of agriculture in those countries and led to his being awarded an honorary doctorate from Institut Pertanian Bogor, Bogor, Indonesia, in 1985, and Doutor Honoris Causa from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 2014.
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