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October 23, 1998

New Kildee conference room named for Ensminger

by Brian Meyer, Agriculture Information

An internationally known educator will be remembered Oct. 31 when a conference room in the animal science department is dedicated in his name.

The Marion Eugene Ensminger and Audrey Helen Ensminger International Room is located in the new addition to Kildee Hall and the Meats Laboratory. The dedication will begin at 2 p.m.

"Gene" Ensminger died in July in California at the age of 90.

For more than 30 years, Ensminger conducted international agricultural technology schools to improve livestock management practices. In the '90s, he teamed with Iowa State officials to conduct schools in Russia, Ukraine, Cuba and China. In 1996, ISU awarded Ensminger an honorary doctorate of humane letters to recognize his lifelong achievements in animal science, education and international agriculture.

The new conference room will be used primarily for educational programs for international visitors and livestock groups.

Ensminger's wife, Audrey, will be among the speakers at the dedication.

A mural on Ensminger's life and legacy recently was installed in the room. It was painted by New York City artist Jason Gaillard and commissioned by a former student of Ensminger's, Leonard Vanderhoop and his wife Barbara of Glendora, Calif.

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