Howard, Walter Lafayette 1872-1949

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Walter Howard was born in Springfield, Missouri in 1872. He received his B.Ag. and B.S. from the University of Missouri in 1901 and his M.S. from the same institution in 1903. He studied at the University of Leipzig in Germany in 1905 and received his Ph.D. from the University of Halle-Wittenberg in 1906. In 1930 he continued his study at the East Malling Research Station in East Malling, England.

He was Assistant and Assistant Horticulturist at the University of Missouri from 1901-03, instructor 1903-04, Assistant Professor 1905-08, and Professor of Horticulture from 1908 to 1915. He left Missouri in 1915 and became Associate Professor of Horticulture. He became Professor in 1918 and head of the department of pomology in 1918. from 1924 to 1925 he was Acting Director of the Branch of the College of Agriculture and Director in 1925. From this date until 1937 he was Director of the College of Agriculture. He became Professor Emeritus in 1942.

He investigated horticultural problems in France and adjoining countries from 1921-22. He was a member of Jury of Awards of the San Francisco Exposition in 1915. He was an active member of several important scientific societies such as the American Genetic Association, American Society for Horticultural Science, Society for the Promotion of Agricultural Science, American Eugenics Society.

He was author of A Factual Study of Luther Burbank, 1945.

Dr. Howard was an outstanding horticulturist and a man of very wide influence throughout the middle and far west. He made no attempt to publish textbooks. He exercised an outstanding influence in building the College of Agriculture at Davis during his period as Director. All who knew him were impressed with his wide knowledge and experience.