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Animal Sciences Emeritus Faculty

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Emeritus Faculty

Animal & Equine Science

Who are Emeritus Faculty? Emeritus Faculty are full-tenured professors who have retired. It is an honor and privilege to be title Emeritus. These are the individuals who have set the standard for all Animal Sciences professors.

David Ames entered Ohio State in the fall of 1960 and earned his B.S. degree and M.S. degree in 1964 and 1966, respectively. Following two quarters of teaching, he accepted the Ralston Purina graduate fellowship and entered Michigan State University, where he obtained a dual degree in animal husbandry and physiology in 1969. He joined the faculty in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry at Kansas State University in January 1969, where he had a teaching and research appointment working for Dr. Don Good. At Kansas State, he was in charge of the sheep program and taught courses in Livestock Management, Livestock and Meat Evaluation, and Environmental Physiology. Dr. Ames’ research efforts were in the area of climatic effects on performance and nutrient requirements of animals. He edited the National Research Council’s publication, “The Effect of Environment on Nutrient Requirements of Domestic Animals” and developed widely used windchill tables for livestock. He was awarded the National Animal Management Award by the American Society of Animal Science in 1982 and in 1983 was selected to be a Diamond Jubilee author for the American Society of Animal Sciences’ 75th Anniversary. Dr. Ames assumed the Department Head position at Colorado State University in 1982, where he headed a comprehensive program emphasizing beef cattle, sheep and horses. Dr. Ames is particularly proud of the faculty at Colorado State and in the Department’s philosophy of integrated management. During his tenure, the Department received over five million dollars in gifts, including the Endowed Monfort Professorship and the One Bar Eleven Ranch including a 400-head herd of commercial Angus cows located near Encampment, Wyoming. Dr. Ames’ philosophy supports strong clientele relationships and emphasizes service to stakeholders including students. He returned to the faculty July 1, 1999 after 17 years as Department Head and retired from CSU in 2009. He is a director of the National Western Stock Show, Past President of the American Society of Animal Sciences, Past President of American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists and has served as a national officer of Alpha Gamma Rho. He remains active in animal agriculture and visits the Department on a regular basis.

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Mr. Greathouse was a part of and has influenced numerous changes in the department during his nearly 30 years at Colorado State University. His involvement with the University was far-reaching, and he claims one of his favorite memories about Colorado State was the diversity of his job. “Nothing was ever the same. It was fun and interesting.” Born and raised in Garden City, Kansas, Mr. Greathouse grew up farming 3,000 to 4,000 acres of wheat and thousands of acres of native pasture land, while also ranching a herd of commercial Hereford beef cattle with his family. After graduating high school at Garden City, he attended Kansas State University where he obtained both a Bachelor of Animal Science and a Master of Science in Animal Nutrition. Upon receiving his master’s degree, he was employed by Michigan State University in 1970, where he served as superintendent of the Michigan State University Experiment Station in the Upper Peninsula through 1974. His involvement with the Experiment Station was to work on a project for the Upper Great Lakes Regional Commission, states consisting of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, to encourage the population to implement and utilize beef cattle on their land in an area where a majority of land sat empty. The Department of Animal Science hired Mr. Greathouse in 1974 as an associate professor. His main responsibilities at this time were to manage the livestock, farm, and ranch operations for the department and Colorado State’s Research Foundation. The Research Foundation owned much of the land; specifically, the Maxwell Ranch in Livermore, CO (12,000 acres), the J Ranch in Granby, CO, and the Y Cross Ranch in Horse Creek, Wyoming. He was in charge of all three ranches and also heavily involved with on-campus activities, teaching, research, and farm operations. On behalf of Colorado State University, Mr. Greathouse was able to purchase the two farms (490 acres) where the Agricultural Research, Development, and Education center now sits. In the late 1970s, he first purchased the Stroh Farm which was comprised of 240 acres. Next, he bought Mr. Bob Moreng’s 250 acre farm. Mr. Moreng was a Poultry and Animal Science professor who later worked in the Dean’s Office at CSU. At first, the farm was used to produce primarily silage and grain corn for the Beef Cattle Feedlot at the Rigden Farm until the University acquired the funds to build ARDEC. Mr. Greathouse’s specialty in research pertained to Animal Production and Management. Logically, he also taught a beginning Animal Science course – Livestock Practicum. Originally, this class was designed for six to twelve students a semester and was not a required course. His intent with the Practicum class was to provide students with an opportunity for hands-on experience early in their careers to determine if they would enjoy the field or not. Each semester he would have his handful of students travel in vans to off-campus ranching operations where each student was expected to be able to brand, castrate, dehorn, vaccinate, and pregnancy check 50 head of cattle. While teaching Practicum, it was decided this class was to be a required course for all Animal Science students. Therefore, he had to change the structure of his class for 140 students a semester compared to a maximum of 12. Instead of bringing the students to the animals, he brought the animals to the students. This course, which was first designed as an elective for students with no farm or ranch background, is still a required course in the department.

Dawson’s career with the dairy industry started with his high school years when he and his brother Herbert milked 15-18 cows by hand, separated the cream from the milk and shipped it to the Pueblo Dairy Exchange. Dawson was married in the fall after high school graduation from Pleasant View High School in 1953. He took a job milking cows for the RM Marvin Guernsey Dairy east of Pueblo and enrolled in Pueblo Junior College where he completed an Associate’s Degree in Agriculture in 1955. He worked for one year as a millwright helper at the CF & I Rail Mill in Pueblo. When the mill shut down with a strike he moved with his wife, a daughter and son to Fort Collins and enrolled in the Dairy Production program at Colorado A&M College. He was employed as a student milker and promoted to student herdsman his senior year which allowed him to work his way through and graduate from newly named Colorado State University with a B.S. degree in Animal Production. He moved his family to Lucky, Ohio to take over management of San-Mor Guernsey Farms owned by Veterinarian, Dr. Clark Weaver. His body could not adjust to the hot, humid Ohio conditions, so he returned to Colorado in the late Spring of 1959. In June, 1959, he was offered a temporary position as Assistant Acting Extension Dairyman at Colorado State University. On his first day of employment he was met by Carl Hoffman, Extension Dairyman who was leaving on a sabbatical leave. Carl gave him his black schedule book for commitments through February, 1960, and told him if he was successful the job would be his because he was planning on an administrative job on his return. Dawson was appointed Colorado’s Extension Dairyman on July 1, 1962, and held that position until his retirement in June, 1990. He also received appointment as Assistant Professor in 1968, Associate Professor in 1976, and Full Professor in 1981 and retired as Professor Emeritus in 1990. His job responsibilities were changed from twelve month’s Extension in July, 1972, to nine month’s Extension and three month’s resident instruction and research, and he was given the responsibility of overseeing the budgets, and management of the CSU Dairy and of coaching the CSU Dairy Cattle Judging Team. He coached the Dairy team and taught the Dairy Cattle Judging Class until his retirement in 1990 (18 years). He traveled with 72 different students to National Collegiate Contests with his most successful team placing second in National competition in 1978. He also served as Coordinator of the Animal Science Extension Project area after 1966, working with all Animal Science subject matter specialists in program planning, Extension agent updates and accomplishment reports. He also was responsible for administering the Departmental Extension budget and serving on the Department Executive Committee. He has also found time to be an official classifier for the Brown Swiss Cattle Club and to judge state and national dairy cattle shows in the U.S., Mexico, Columbia and Peru. A review of Dawson’s personal history shows that he is a very active, self-motivated individual that can be working on many activities at the same time. He was the only Dairy Extension Specialist in Colorado and on many occasions was the only dairy staff person at the University. On these occasions, he was asked to take the responsibility of teaching Dairy Cattle Management and operations, Dairy Cattle Judging and Evaluation and Milk Secretion, while also covering his normal work assignments. His door was always open to staff, students and dairy clientele and he spent many hours while in the office and at home discussing problems on the telephone with his clientele.

Until 2013, Dr. Lamm had taken over the role as the Director of Ag Extension Education. For ten years Dennis Lamm helped Colorado State University to recruit, teach, and assist undergraduate and graduate students in finding job opportunities. Along with being an Extension Specialist, Professor Lamm taught in the Department of Animal Sciences for 19 years. As the State coordinator of the Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education Program he held the tie between agricultural and natural resource areas extension. By encouraging producers and professionals to apply for grants, Colorado became one of the top 3 states in the Western Region to secure funding, with $2.5M in grants. With his expertise in public relations, Dennis Lamm reinvigorated the annual CSU “Ag Day” which celebrates Colorado agriculture. This empowered more diverse involvement, which increased State and University morale while attracting over 3,000 attendees. He also doubled the number of $2K student scholarships awarded based on increased revenue, created conferences that brought relevant materials from educators, and grew participation from 25 large producers to more than 100, while serving as a liaison on behalf of Colorado to the National Small Farms program, and organizing sustainable agricultural tours for visiting Extension personnel. Due to his various involvements in education, Lamm’s collaboration with administrative heads and faculty to design programs and build teams was crucial. But Lamm’s roles didn’t stop there! He administered funding to CSU faculty and staff as they explored alternative crop and livestock production systems, better water management practices, and small-acreage management. He assisted producers with grant writing, direct marketing, and media relations to increase availability of information within the field. He educated professionals in how to reduce chemical usage and soil and water erosion while increasing comprehension of how natural cycles and biology can minimize inputs as related to the production of food. While he developed new standards for collegiate papers to provide consistent style and form expectations, Lamm converted 5 undergraduate courses to graduate levels, and taught nutrition and livestock management courses among others. On top of this he played a key role in increasing the number of distance students in the Master of Agriculture program which directly increased revenue. As Dennis Lamm conducted research with lambs and beef cattle to enhance energy availability of cellulosic crop byproducts, he pioneered the research work to evaluate Piedmontese beef breed in the U.S.

Born to immigrant parents from Japan who began farming in Lafayette, Colorado, and eventually Platteville, John’s love of cattle began at an early age. His involvement with 4-H, Stock Show, and county fairs, where his steer beat another young rancher named Kenny Monfort, 1991 Citizen of the West, only encouraged his interest. After graduating as Valedictorian of Platteville High School, he earned B.S. and M.S. degrees at Colorado State University, then Colorado A&M College, in Animal Husbandry. He went on to receive his Ph.D. in Animal Science at the University of Minnesota. John then began his long career of teaching and research in beef nutrition. Although he began teaching at the University of Nebraska, Warren Monfort and CSU’s President William E. Morgan soon lured him back to Colorado State. He has mentored thousands of students and worked with hundreds of them on his many research projects. Dr. William Wailes, former Department Chair of Animal Sciences at CSU, says “Dr. Matsushima is a highly regarded pioneer in the cattle feeding industry. His development of steam-processed corn grain into ‘corn flakes’ in the 60’s is still used worldwide today to increase efficiency in cattle feeding technology in producing nutritious concentrated protein for the human diet.” Pat Grant, former President of the National Western Stock Show, talks about how huge Dr. Matsushima is in the world of cattle and beef production. “Johnny has overseen world renowned research into cattle feeding; this has led to his being a big influence on the quality, taste and tenderness of our best beef. He has helped to open doors to export of our beef to many foreign nations. I do not know of anybody world-wide who has done more to improve beef than Johnny.” Dr. Matsushima has written several books including an autobiography and authored numerous publications. He has given speeches and shared his research with people all over the US and in 25 other countries. He has received countless awards and accolades and even had awards named after him. The most notable award he received was “Tenno Hosho”, the Emperor’s Citation, given by the Emperor of Japan. This prestigious award is primarily reserved for Presidents, Prime Ministers and CEO’s of major corporations. Despite all this, he remains a modest man and gives credit to his wife and his many students, colleagues and friends.

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Dr. Gary Smith has an excellent national and international reputation as a meat, food and animal scientist with expertise in meat science and food safety. He is also recognized for the quality and quantity of his scientific publications, 477 Referred Journal Articles, and for the preparedness of his students at the M.S., Ph.D., or post-doctoral level. Dr. Smith has won distinguished Research Awards from the American Meat Science Association and the American Society of Animal Science; has been recognized with the Distinguished Service Award of U.S. Meat Export Federation as well as numerous other awards. Dr. Smith’s advice and counsel on meat sciences and food safety are relied upon by government agencies, USDA and FDA, commodity-group associations, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, American Meat Institute, etc., private industry, JBS S.A., Cargill Meat Solutions, Tyson, etc., and international organizations of countries such as Australia, Uruguay, Japan and the European Union. Gary Smith contributes to the goals of excellence at CSU by setting and maintaining a lofty and un-compromised standard of honesty and integrity in the conduction, analysis, and reporting of scientific studies conducted by his graduate students, post-doctoral students, and research collaborators. In the classroom he delivers current and applicable information to students and shares his meat science expertise. His service on numerous university and departmental committees, task forces, and focus groups make him a notable and outstanding member of CSU’s community. Dr. Smith is a gifted and highly productive scientist, a conscientious and devoted professor and advisor, and a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the meat, food and animal sciences with emphasis on meat science and food safety. He has distinguished himself and brought credit to Colorado State University through his teaching, research, and service activities, and inasmuch as he is an internationally established meat scientist – considered, for example, one of the world’s best meat safety experts.

Sofos, John (Professor Emeritus)
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