Now in its fourth year, Colorado State University’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics will honor three distinguished alumni at its annual Hall of Fame Banquet. Previous Hall of Fame classes have included former Colorado Gov. Roy Romer, former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Bill Neighbors, Dale McCall, and former faculty members Jim Lewis and Mel Skold.
The event will take place in the Lory Student Center Ballroom D on Friday, March 4 with a reception at 5:30 pm and a dinner at 6:30 pm, followed by the recognition ceremony.
The 2016 DARE Hall of Fame class will include:
Jack Annan, who graduated from CSU in 1955 with a degree in vocational agriculture. Annan earned an ME degree from CSU in 1966 and became a fixture at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling when he joined the faculty there. In 2004, in recognition of his contributions, the school dedicated a bronze statue in his honor and designated Annan as “Mr. NJC.”
Walter Myers, who earned an undergraduate degree in agricultural economics from CSU in 1967. Myers was vice president and director of commodity procurement for Swift and Company and worked for 10 years as an independent commodity trader on the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange. While working as a commodity trader, he purchased a 42,000 acre cow/calf operation near Pueblo, Colorado. In addition to expanding his operation into a feedlot, he also helped start the agricultural business management program at Otero Junior College.
Marie Leigh Livingston
Marie Leigh Livingston, who came to CSU in 1979 to work for the USDA as a research economist, but soon also began working on a PhD in water economics under Bob Young. After graduating in 1984, she embarked on a nearly 25 year career as an economics professor at University of Northern Colorado. She has been active in water research both domestically and around the globe. After retiring in 2010 she has worked part-time as an economics instructor at Colorado State University.
The DARE Hall of Fame
“We are honored to once again induct such an outstanding group into our Hall of Fame,” said Greg Perry, head of the department. “This year’s class speaks directly to our department’s commitment to producing great community leaders, scientists and educators. It is our pleasure to be able to host them here on campus.”