WESTERN REGION CURTIS J. ALLEY AWARD OF MERIT
The recipient of the 1990 Curtis J. Alley Award of Merit was born in 1927 in Seward, Nebraska. He was raised on a farm, graduated from Seward High School in 1943, then attended University of Nebraska, College of Agriculture, Graduating in 1947. His first work after college was as County Extension Agent from 1947 to 1951. He left to serve in the United States Air Force for four years, returning to the Extension Service in 1954. He owned and operated a farm supply for two years before relocating to Oregon in 1957 and taking a position as Marion County Extension Agent in Urban Horticulture for Oregon State University. His job scope changed to include Land Use Development and County-wide zoning programs, in addition to horticulture.
In 1963 he took a sabbatical leave to obtain his Master's Degree in Agricultural Extension at Purdue University, then returned to Oregon to continue his career and spend more time on nursery and greenhouse programs.
He became Staff Chairman of Marion County
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