2014 – Dr. S. Lee Gray*
Dr. Gray was born in Marshalltown, Iowa. He attended and received two degrees from CSU, a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 1963 and a Master in Economics in 1965. He received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Washington State University. Dr. Gray won the American Agricultural Association award for his dissertation and received the first funded research award for developing an input-output model for water use in Colorado. Lee began his career in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics in 1969. He served as Associate Chair of the Department from 1983-1987 and became Chair in 1987. He spent 15 years in department administration, followed by two years as interim Associate Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences. Throughout his career, Dr. Gray has been a teacher and an advisor known for his love of working with students. He won numerous accolades for his innovative and effective teaching, including the Pennock Award for Excellence in Teaching, WAEA Undergraduate Teaching Award, and the Outstanding Faculty Award for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
2013 – Dr. Ken C. Nobe
Dr. Nobe is an emeritus professor of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. He obtained his undergraduate degree at Southern Illinois State University with specialization in business and his graduate degrees from Cornell University with specialization in natural resource economics and international economic development. He joined the faulty at Colorado State University in 1966 after ten years of experience in government and private industry; was chairman and professor in the Department of Economics 1969-1983 and in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics 1983-1987.
2012 – Dr. Robert A. Young*
Dr. Young is an emeritus professor of the Department of Agricultural and Resources Economics. He obtained his undergraduate and M.S. degrees at the University of California-Davis. He received his doctoral degree from Michigan State University. He was a faculty member from 1970 to 1992. His research interests focused mainly on policy issues relating to water quality and quality management. He has been involved in short-term water policy and irrigation economics research in Egypt, Pakistan, the Philippines, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, China, and Indonesia.
*Dr. Young passed away in 2013.
*Dr. Gray passed away in 2020.