Wednesday, March 23, 2016

D.S. Weaver, Ray Ritchie, J.P. Dail, E.H. Frazier, B.F. Parker Honored by Engineers, 1956

From the March 1956 issue of Extension Farm-News

Distinguished Service Award to D.S. Weaver, left, Extension director, is presented by J.O.W. Gravely, Ayden, retiring president of the N.C. section of the American Society  of Agricultural Engineers. Weaver was the first head of the department of agricultural engineering at the college. The award was made during the winter meeting of the society.
Weaver Receives Service Award
D.S. Weaver, director of the State College Agricultural Extension Service, received the Distinguished Service Award of the N.C. Section of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers at the winter meeting held at State College, March 9 and 10.
It was the first such award given by the North Carolina group “in recognition and gratitude for outstanding contribution to the advancement of agricultural engineering in the State of North Carolina.”
New officers of the society, elected at the meeting, are: Ray Ritchie, Extension specialist, State College, president; J.P. Dail, Greensboro, first vice president; E.H. Frazier, Raleigh, second vice president; and Dr. B.F. Parker, assistant professor of agricultural engineering, State College, secretary-treasurer.
An engraved parchment, presented to Weaver by J.O.W. Gravely of Ayden, retiring chairman of the section, cited him as an “outstanding early leader in the field of agricultural engineering in North Carolina and the southeast, who as department head organized the first agricultural engineering department and initiated the first professional curriculum in agricultural engineering at N.C. State College, and who furnished active leadership in the development of rural electrification….”
Around 50 engineers attended the conference.

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