Retirement Reception for Prof. Jack Rogers
On April 7, more than 100 guests including current and former colleagues, friends and former students gathered in Pullman to wish Dr. Jack Rogers a happy retirement. Dr. Rogers, Regents Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University (WSU), retired in January, 2013 after 50 years on the faculty. During his career at WSU, he published prolifically on the systematics of ascomycetes and is particularly well known for his work on important pyrenomycete genera including Xylaria and Hypoxylon. In addition to directing the research of numerous graduate students, he taught courses in forest tree pathology and mycology, and served on WSU Press Editorial Board. He served as department chairman for over 13 years. He is a member of American Phytopathological Society, Botanical Society of America, British Mycological Society, and Mycological Society of America (MSA). He served as Councilor and President of Mycological Society of America. He received numerous honors and awards, including Wade Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1966-67, Northwest Scientific Association Outstanding Scientist Award in 1978, Outstanding Teacher in the WSU Department of Forestry and Range Management in 1985 and 1986, WSU President’s Award for Excellence in Research in 1986, WSU Library Excellence Award, MSA W.H. Weston Award for Teaching Excellence, and MSA Distinguished Mycologist Award. Rogers has been instrumental in developing mycology into one of the areas of research pre-eminence at WSU. He was instrumental in making the Mycological Herbarium at WSU into a world class facility for educational and research purposes and has been a staunch proponent of the university libraries, especially the George Fischer Agricultural Sciences Library, named for one of the mycologists who preceded him at WSU. Rogers was honored by promotion to Regents Professor and was recognized with the Eminent Faculty award, the highest honor a faculty member could receive at WSU.
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