Inside Iowa State
October 8, 1999

Fed facility named for Carver

Iowa State senior Charles Stewart led off the dedication of the George Washington Carver Center, the first federal building named for ISU’s alumnus.

Ceremonies were held Oct. 6 in Beltsville, Md., and included remarks by Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman and ISU agriculture dean David Topel. The dedication was part of George Washington Carver Recognition Week, held Oct. 4-8 in the Washington, D.C., area and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Carver, an agricultural scientist known for his pioneering work with peanuts and sweet potatoes, received his bachelor’s (1894) and master’s (1896) degrees from Iowa State, after beginning his education at Simpson College, Indianola.

Stewart, a biochemistry and biophysics student, is the national president of MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences). USDA employees and guests from ISU, Simpson and Tuskegee University (where Carver was on the faculty) were present at the dedication.

"I have long felt that the USDA has not provided the lasting recognition of Dr. Carver that is clearly deserved," Glickman said. "I am pleased to be part of the ongoing efforts to educate Americans about Dr. Carver’s significance, and I always will be proud that a USDA facility was named for him."

Located 40 miles outside of Washington, D.C., the center will serve as an office facility for the USDA.

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