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Dr. Wendell Keepper, Founding Ag College Dean, Fondly Remembered

June 24, 2011

The College of Agricultural Sciences lost one of its true treasurers in June 2011.  Dr. Wendell E. Keepper, the first dean of the College, passed away at his home in Carbondale.  He was 100 years old.  Dr. Keepper arrived in Carbondale in 1950 to oversee a the Agriculture Department in the College of Vocations and Professions.  Dr. Keepper guided the small department's programs and growth into the creation of the School of Agriculture in 1955.  Dr. Keepper retired in 1974.  In his 24 years as dean, the School had grown to international stature.  Dr. Todd Winters, Interim Dean, stated "Dean Keeper was a very important part of our College's history ... His vision has resulted in arguably the most successful non-land grant college of agriculture in the country."  You can learn more about Dr. Keepper's distinguished career and the history of the College of Agricultural Sciences by reading the following article from the Saluki Times.