ARS Scientist, Wife Create Dairy Scholarship

11/3/2012 7:00 AM

Duane and Roslyn Norman have established an undergraduate scholarship in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences to support students who are enrolled or who plan to enroll in the Department of Animal Science.

Norman, a native of Tioga County, received his B.S. degree in 1964 and his M.S. in 1967 from Penn State. After earning his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1970, he began working for the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory at Beltsville, MD. He has worked there for 42 years, most recently as research leader.

Roslyn Norman graduated from Wake Forest University and is a supporter of Penn State. The Normans have 20 family members who are Penn State graduates.

The H. Duane Norman and Roslyn W. Norman Scholarship in Animal Science will be offered to an undergraduate who has an interest in dairy cattle breeding and genetics, or who has excelled in the 4-H dairy program.

“We are deeply grateful for this thoughtful gift from the Normans, which will help outstanding students pursue a career in the dairy industry,” said Terry Etherton, head of the Department of Animal Science. “This scholarship is an affirmation of the tremendous support that Duane and Roz have shown to the department over the years, and we greatly appreciate their continuing commitment.”

Norman said that they wanted to establish the scholarship as an expression of their gratitude for the scholarship support he received as an undergraduate, and as a way of encouraging and developing youth.

Having grown up on a dairy farm with registered Jerseys, Norman was active in 4-H and FFA. As an undergraduate at Penn State, he was president of Campus 4-H, vice president of the Dairy Science Club, editor of the Dairyman and a member of the dairy cattle judging team. He received the William Davey Award as the outstanding senior in dairy science.

“I am deeply grateful for the foundation that was given to me as a 4-H’er in Pennsylvania and as a student at Penn State, and I am extremely proud of what this department and their students have achieved in recent years,” he said. “Roslyn and I hope the scholarship will serve to encourage students to pursue their dreams and be successful within the industry.”

Norman is known throughout the world for his leadership in the genetic evaluation for traits of economic importance for the U.S. dairy industry, and for the enormous positive economic impact these calculations have had over the past 25 years.

The Normans live in Fulton, Md., where they were volunteer 4-H leaders for nearly 30 years and organizational leaders for the Fulton 4-H Club for 10 years.

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