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; Mississippi State University. Alumni and alumnae; Lloyd-Ricks-Watson Building (Mississippi State, Miss.)


Oral history; interview with Dr. Rodney Foil, March 20, 2012, Mitchell Memorial Library, Mississippi State University. Dr. Foil was born in Bogalusa, Louisiana, in 1935. He received his Bachelor's degree in Forestry in 1956 from Louisiana State University, and then served two years in the United States Army. In 1960, he earned his Master's degree from LSU, and then his PhD in Forestry from Duke University in 1965. He was a Louisiana State Forestry Extension Specialist before he came to Mississippi State in 1969. At that time, he was offered and accepted a job as Head of the Department of Forestry. From 1971 to 1973, he was the Associate Dean and Head of Forestry, and from 1973 to 1978, he was the Dean of Forestry and Associate Director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. Foil became the director of MAFES in 1978, and remained in that position until 1986. He served as Vice President for the Division of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine from 1986 until his retirement in 1999. In 2004, Foil was among the first inductees into a U.S. Department of Agriculture Hall of Fame created by the USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service. In this interview, Foil discusses memories of his job interviews in Lloyd-Ricks, his work and personal experiences with the administrators and staff of the building, and his time spent in the offices there.


Ballard, Michael B., interviewer



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oral history; 1 sound cassette (35 min., 42 sec.) : 1 7/8 ips; 1/4 in. tape

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sound; text

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Deeply Rooted


Location: Starkville (Miss.)


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