Echoes of Lloyd-Ricks-Watson Stories


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Mississippi State University; Mississippi State University--History; Mississippi State University--Employees; Mississippi State University. Extension Service; Agriculture; Agriculture--Research; Interviews; Agricultural extension workers; Lloyd-Ricks-Watson Building (Mississippi State, Miss.); Mississippi State University--Alumni and alumnae


Oral history; interview with Dr. Thomas H. Loftin, April 9, 2012, Mitchell Memorial Library, Mississippi State University. Loftin was born in 1932 in Simpson County, Mississippi. Loftin first came to MSU as a student in the 1950s. After graduating in 1953, he worked off-campus for about 10 years. He began his career at Mississippi State in 1965 with the Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service as a Community Development Specialist and later became Leader of Community Development. Dr. Loftin attended graduate school in Agricultural Economics in the Lloyd-Ricks Building while working for Community Development. He also began working for the Extension Service just as it was becoming integrated. Dr. Loftin retired in 1986. In this interview, he discusses the work of the integrated Community Development Department in the counties of Mississippi, his time spent in the Lloyd-Ricks Building, and the people who made it a special place to be.


Semmes, Ryan, interviewer



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oral history; 1 sound cassette (18 min., 02 sec.) : 1 7/8 ips; 1/4 in.

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sound; text

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Deeply Rooted


Location: Starkville (Miss.)


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