OSU honors three for agricultural contributions

Dave McLaughlin, Linda Shackelford and Bob Hamilton were honored for contributions to agricultural sciences.
BY DONALD STOTTS Published: April 20, 2013
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“Linda bleeds orange,” said Dale Maronek, head of the department of horticulture and landscape architecture. “She has long offered her time and expertise to OSU's Stillwater and Oklahoma City campuses, provided financial and in-kind resources, and been active in the Oklahoma FFA Foundation.”

For more than 20 years, Shackelford was an underwriter for “Oklahoma Gardening” on OETA. Along with Charles Shackelford, she funded a horticulture professorship in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

A native of Wellington, Kan., Hamilton joined The Nature Conservancy in 1982 as manager of the TNC Cross Ranch Preserve, a position he held for six years. In 1988, the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve was initiated in Osage County and Hamilton has served as manager and science director since its inception.

OSU Distinguished Professor Sam Fuhlendorf said Hamilton views the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources as his primary collaborating partner.

“Many people across the country assume Bob is an OSU faculty member because of his continued support for and close integration with our rangeland research and management programs,” Fuhlendorf said.

Hamilton is a leader in Osage County's ranching community, and has long spearheaded efforts to promote and expand rangeland conservation practices.

Donald Stotts is a communications specialist with OSU's Agricultural Communications Services.