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2018 Hall of Fame inductees

Bill Boehm

William (Bill) Boehm, retired Senior Vice President and Officer of The Kroger Co., will receive Alpha Gamma Rho's highest honor on August 4, 2018. Alpha Gamma Rho will induct Boehm into the Hall of Fame at the 65th AGR National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Boehm was born in 1947 and grew up on a small dairy farm in central Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls with honors in 1970. He received his M.S. (1972) and his PhD (1974) from Purdue University majoring in Agricultural Economics.

While in college, Boehm was initiated into Alpha Psi Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho in 1968 and served as  Noble Ruler in 1969-70. He has served AGR in a number of capacities including a six-year term on the National Board and as Grand President from 2000-2002. He was elected to the Board of the Educational Foundation of Alpha Gamma Rho in 2008. In 2009, Boehm was also named to the Foundation Board at UW-River Falls and is lead the University's capital campaign.

Since his retirement, Boehm has become a valued consultant to the food and agricultural industry.  He has served on three corporate Boards including: Neogen, an industry leading animal health and food safety company; GLK Foods, the country's largest manufacturer of sauerkraut and FLM, a marketing and communications company specializing in agriculture. He recently concluded a 6-year term on the Board of Greatwide/Cardinal Logistics - a $1 billion privately held transportation and Logistics Company. Boehm is also a member of the Farm Foundation's Roundtable and a Board member at The American Farmland Trust where he serves on the Executive Committee. He also currently serves as the University of Wisconsin River Falls Foundation Board Chair.

In 1981, Boehm joined Kroger as Director of Economic Research. Five years later, he was promoted to Vice President, Corporate Planning and Research. During the 1990s, Brother Boehm held senior executive positions in both Procurement and Logistics. He was promoted to Group Vice President and named to Kroger's Senior Officer Team in 1999. In 2004, Boehm was promoted to Senior Vice President and President of the Manufacturing Division. He was a member of Kroger's 5-person Pension Investment Committee for more than 20 years.

Boehm has been recognized for his contributions to his profession and community. In 1999, he received the Outstanding Alumni Award from Purdue's College of Agriculture. While working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Boehm received the Superior Service Award. In 2004, AGR recognized Boehm as "Man of the Century". He was named Outstanding Alumni by the UW–River Falls in 2006 and received the Honorary Doctor of Agriculture degree from Purdue in 2007.

Boehm continuously supports the Loyalty Fund for AGR and advocates the promise and values of the Fraternity. The AGR Hall of Fame is to honor those Alpha Gamma Rho alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the Fraternity and/or outstanding service in their professional work and/or exceptional service to mankind. Inductees should be held in high esteem as other AGRs reflect on the Brother's stature.

 

Jim Driscoll

James (Jim) Driscoll, agricultural economics expert, will receive Alpha Gamma Rho's highest honor in New Orleans, Louisiana on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at the biennial AGR National Convention.

After nearly 30 years of service, Driscoll retired from the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2001. Currently, he works part-time with an economic consulting firm.

Driscoll graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Economics at Montana State University in 1964. He received his M.S. (1966) and his PhD (1969) from Oklahoma State University majoring in Agricultural Economics.

While with USDA, he received multiple awards and commendations for service. He has been the "go-to guy" among USDA personnel and congressional agricultural staff.  His expertise was widely recognized and he frequently traveled to Washington, DC to provide technical advice and counsel during the process of establishing USDA Agricultural Policy. 

Driscoll was initiated into Alpha Delta Chapter in 1960 and has served the fraternity for many years. Brother Driscoll has also served the National Fraternity as the Treasurer of the Educational Foundation of Alpha Gamma Rho for 26 years.

Brother Driscoll has attended many Leadership Seminars and National Conventions. He continuously supports the Loyalty Fund for Alpha Gamma Rho and advocates the promise and values of the Fraternity. His lifelong dedication to the Fraternity and outstanding service to the agriculture industry have qualified his recognition for the Alpha Gamma Rho Hall of Fame. 

The Hall of Fame is to honor those Alpha Gamma Rho alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the Fraternity and/or outstanding service in their professional work and/or exceptional service to mankind. Inductees should be held in high esteem as other AGRs reflect on the Brother's stature.

 

Phil Josephson

Phiil Josephson, longtime Executive of Alpha Gamma Rho, will receive the fraternity's highest honor on Saturday, August 4, 2018. Alpha Gamma Rho will induct Josephson into the Hall of Fame at the 65th National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Josephson's life has been devoted to his community and Alpha Gamma Rho. Starting on staff in 1972, he has selflessly served the fraternity for over 45 years.

The Minnesota farm boy attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Economics. He was initiated into Alpha Psi Chaptr in 1969 and served as assistant treasurer, Rush Chair, and Noble Ruler during his undergraduate years. In 1972, Josephson joined AGR's staff as Assistant Executive Secretary. Three years later, he was appointed to Executive Director, a role he held for over 40 years. In November 2016, he was appointed to Chief Executive Officer and annoounced his retirement one-year out. Throughout over 45-years of his leadership, Josephson led AGR in the adoption of the Brotherhood Program, which eliminated pledging for the Fraternity in 1992. In 1984, he moved AGR operations to Kansas City and helped in the building of the current headquarters, moving in 1987.

While serving as President and Director, he has made outstanding contributions to the Fraternity Executives Association. He served as a delegate and advisor on the Board for North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) and the American Society of Association Executives, and was designated as a Certified Association Executive. Josephson has served many other organizations including the Fraternity Communications Association, National Agri Marketing Association, National FFA Alumni Association, and more. He has served his local community as president of the KCI Rotary Club and Kansas City Society of Association Executives. Josephson also serves as an Elder and Finance Chair for his church.

Over the years, Josephson has been recognized for his service to his local community as well as the fraternal community. He was named Rotarian of the Year in 1992 and 1996. For his service to NIC, he received the Laurel Wreath Award, Distinguished Service Award and Gold Medal. In 2017, he received a Distinguished Service Award from the Fraternity Executives Association.

Josephson has devoted his life to advocating the promise and values of Alpha Gamma Rho. He is a continuous supporter of the Loyalty Fund for AGR and plans to served as a national advisor for the Fraternity after his official retirement in May. His lifelong dedication to the Fraternity and outstanding service to the agriculture industry have qualified his recognition for the AGR Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame is to honor those Alpha Gamma Rho alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the Fraternity and/or outstanding service in their professional work and/or execptional service to mankind. Inductees should be held in high esteem as other AGRs reflect on the Brother's stature.

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Hall of Fame Inductees

Listed in order members were inducted:

1974
  1. Sleeter Bull, Ohio State
  2. Maynard H. Coe, Minnesota
  3. Earl L. Butz, Purdue

1976
  4. J. Holmes Martin, Kentucky
  5. J. Clyde Driggers, Florida
  6. Nathan L. Rice, Illinois

1978
  7. Frank E. Mullen, Iowa State
  8. David C. Pfendler, Purdue
  9. Paul K. Bresee, Illinois

1980
  10. Emil M. Mrak, California
  11. W. Elmo Baumann, Oklahoma State
  12. Harold R. McCulloch, Pennsylvania State

1982
  13. E. T. York, Auburn
  14. Clifford Hardin, Purdue

1984
  15. A. B. Hamilton, Maryland
  16. A. B. Sawyer, Illinois
  17. Don Paarlberg, Purdue

1986
  18. Russ Mawby, Michigan State
  19. Harold White, Georgia
  20. Vern Freeman, Purdue
  21. Jerry Litton, Missouri

1988
  22. Wallace Jerome, Lambda
  23. William B. Sayre, Iowa State
  24. Orville Redenbacher, Purdue

1990
  25. Lindley Finch, Iowa State
  26. True Morse, Missouri
  27. Lee Morgan, Illinois
  28. Ovid Bay, Missouri

1992
  29. Doyle Conner, Florida
  30. Ed Lidvall, Iowa State

1994
  31. L. Gene Lemon, Illinois
  32. Herbert Plambeck, Iowa State

1996
  33. Dean C. DeCarli, California-Davis
  34. Roland C. Ferguson, Iowa State
  35. Milton G. Soper, Cornell

1998
  36. John D. Fuqua, Flordia
  37. Loren K. Robinson, Western Illinois
  38. Ivan K. Strickler, Kansas State

2000
  39. Dale Bruhn, Wisconsin-Madison
  40. Karl E. Gardner, Purdue
  41. Ted A. Priebe, Purdue

2002
  42. Warren D. Nichols-Kansas State
  43. L.S. "Bill" Pope-Michigan State
  44. Thomas M. Sutherland-Colorado State
  45. Charles L. Thompson-Oklahoma State

2006

  46. Zane Akins, Missouri
  47. Bobby N. Duck, Tennessee Martin
  48. Robert L. Oehrtman, Ohio State
  49. Gerald C. Puppe, North Dakota State

 

2008
  50. Gene L. Swackhamer, Purdue
  51. Marvin J. Walter, Iowa State
  52. J. Brent Hurd, Tennesse-Knoxville

 

2010
  53. R. Kirby Barrick, Ohio State

  54. Jack Brown, North Dakota State

  55. Allan R. Johnson, North Dakota State

  56. Paul S. Weller, Jr., Maryland
 

2012
  57. James C. Borel, Iowa State

  58. Doyle JacklinWashington State

  59. Charles Napier, Missouri
 

2014
  60. Keith Bjerke, North Dakota State

  61. Ole Meland, Cal Poly

  62. David Van Wert, Iowa State

2016
63. Erwin Clark, Vermont

64. Hale Moss, Tennessee-Knoxville
65. Loren Kruse, Kansas State
66. Thad Kuhfuss, Illinois

 

2018

67. Bill Boehm, Wisconsin-River Falls

68. Jim Driscoll, Montana State

69. Phil Josephson, Wisconsin-River Falls