Hall of Fame Hall of Fame

2016 Hall of Fame inductees

Erwin Clark

Erwin Clark, a long time devoted brother of Alpha Gamma Rho, will receive AGR’s highest honor in Omaha, Nebraska on August 12, 2016, during the 64th National Convention.

Clark was initiated into Alpha Rho chapter at the University of Vermont in 1961. He received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics. He was founding Noble Ruler of Alpha Rho chapter and member of Alpha Zeta chapter at Kansas State University. Clark continuously supports his chapter at Vermont and the Loyalty Fund of Alpha Gamma Rho.

Brother Clark has held various management positions in the feed industry and is currently an agriculture consultant. He is a U.S. Army Veteran, member of the Presbyterian Church and has been active in American Feed Industry Association affairs. Clark now lives in Kansas City, MO with his wife, Joyce; they have three grown children.

He continues to be an involved brother of the Fraternity and serves on many committees including the Finance Committee and Insurance Committee. He served on the Housing Resource Trust Board and is currently the National Board Treasurer for the Alpha Gamma Rho. 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. 

Loren Kruse

Loren Kruse, an outstanding alumnus and agricultural communications expert, will receive Alpha Gamma Rho’s highest honor in Omaha, Nebraska on August 12, 2016 at the biennial National Convention.

Kruse is an Alpha Zeta alumnus who graduated from Kansas State University in 1970. He received a BS in Technical Journalism and a BS in Agriculture Economics before continuing his education at Oklahoma State University, where he received his Masters in Rural Adult Education.   

Raised on a farm near Grundy Center, Iowa, Kruse is Editor-in-Chief of Successful Farming magazine, the nation’s largest paid circulation farm magazine with 1.1 million readers. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Agriculture Online™ and Living the Country Life magazine. He has co-authored two Successful Farming books, Charting for Profit and Hedging for Profit, and also has written Firstfruits, a perpetual calendar composed of Bible verses about farming.

Kruse is extremely involved in the world of agriculture and communications. He is currently a chairman of the National Visitors Committee for the National Science Foundation grant on agricultural science and technology. He also serves on advisory councils for the College of Agriculture and the School of Journalism at K-State, and the advisory committee of the Des Moines Public Schools Central Campus. He is a past chairman of the board of Living History Farms near Des Moines, past president of the board of the Iowa Christmas Tree Growers Association, the Iowa 4-H Foundation and the Educational Foundation of Alpha Gamma Rho.

Initiated into the Fraternity in 1966, Kruse has been involved within Alpha Gamma Rho for 50 years. He continues to serve on the AGR History Steering Committee and theSickle & Sheaf Advisory Board. He is a Sickle & Sheaf contributing editor and a longtime supporter of the Loyalty Fund for AGR. Kruse was a major supporter of the Alpha Zeta Housing Fund and AGRconnect. 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. 

Thad Kuhfuss

Alpha alumnus Thad Kuhfuss will receive Alpha Gamma Rho’s highest honor in Omaha, Nebraska on August 10-12, 2016. Alpha Gamma Rho, with more than 50,000 members nationwide, will induct Kuhfuss into the Hall of Fame.

Kuhfuss grew up on a family farm outside of Minier, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois College of Agriculture and was initiated into Alpha chapter in 1964.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, he enrolled in law school at Washington State University in St. Louis, Missouri. Five years later he graduated with a Juris Doctor degree. His law school education was interrupted for two years for service in the United States Army.

After law school, he joined his uncle in law practice and is the senior partner in Kuhfuss & Proehl, PC. Within his community, Thad has served as President of the Board of Directors of his church and as President of the Tazewell County Bar Association.

In 1982, Kuhfuss was appointed Assistant Legal Counsel to Alpha Gamma Rho, and in 1986, he was elected Legal Counsel of the Fraternity, a position in which he continues to serve. He has been the lead counsel on all the affairs of the Housing Resources Trust, working with Chapter Alumni Corporations officers. He has also taken the lead on the Educational Foundation’s Chapter Assistance Program, providing effective counsel and guidance to the Foundation and to Alumni Corporations.  

Thad has been recognized as Brother of the Century at AGR’s Centennial. He continues to support the Educational Foundation and the Alpha Chapter Alumni Association. 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. 

Hale Moss 

Hale Moss, outstanding alumnus and florist, will receive Alpha Gamma Rho’s highest honor in Omaha, Nebraska on August 12, 2016. Alpha Gamma Rho will induct Moss into the Hall of Fame at the 64th National Convention.

Moss’s life has been devoted to helping his fellow brothers, promoting agriculture, and selfless service to his county and state. He has been the owner and operator of Moss’ Florist and Garden Center in Mt. Juliet, TN for 33 years. Brother Moss has guided the business to a thriving seed company, garden center/nursery and florist that serves a growing community of home gardeners and small businesses. Moss employs 20 people and the business has been open for over 50 years.

Brother Moss attended the University of Tennessee-Knoxville where he received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education with a minor in Animal Science. In 1967, he was initiated into Alpha Kappa chapter and has been involved within the Fraternity ever since. During his undergraduate years he served as Noble Ruler and Vice Noble Ruler. He served Alpha Kappa chapter as their Alumni Chapter Treasurer in 1999 and Chapter Adviser in 2000. He was the Summer Alumni Recruitment Coordinator for 10 years and hosted summer picnics for the Tennessee-Knoxville undergraduates. In 1994, Moss was awarded Alpha Kappa Alumni of the Year and in 2003, he was inducted into the Alpha Kappa Chapter Hall of Fame.

Although he has been heavily involved within his local chapter, Moss has also served the Home Office. He was a Leadership Seminar Coordinator in 2001 and served as Regional Vice President for the Mid-East region for 27 years.

Moss 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. 

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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