In 1971, Harold Grier became the first African American to earn a doctorate at Mississippi University in Animal and Dairy Sciences. Here is his story.
On May 21, 2016 the Animal and Dairy Sciences Department held an alumni event in conjunction with the MSU Beef Unit field day. We had over 50 participants with more than half of those being alumni. We had graduates from the class of 1954 all the way to as early as 2014. The first half of the day was comprised of learning about the latest beef cattle research and the new additions to the beef herd with a lunch provided by the MSU meat lab. The rest of the day included tours at the dairy, where the new grazing herd is housed as well as seeing the changes that are coming to the horse unit. After the tours, alumni were invited to come out to the "Dude" and take in a game of baseball against the Arkansas Razorbacks. Food was provided during the game in the left field lounge while watching the game from the ADS trailer.
The late Leroy H. Boyd was an inspiration to those who believe that happiness can be found in the quest for knowledge, and that h5 work ethic deserves to be rewarded. Boyd was professor of animal and dairy sciences emeritus at Mississippi State University who died in January 2011 at the age of 75. A memorial scholarship in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences honors Boyd's dedication to education and his life's work as a teacher and researcher. Boyd understood the need for scholarships at Mississippi State, having served for several years on the university scholarship committee. He also experienced firsthand how scholarships can help students realize their potential. In 1963, Boyd joined the Mississippi State faculty of what was then called animal husbandry and later became animal and dairy sciences. He retired in 2001 after 38 years of service. Throughout his career, thousands of students felt the influence of Boyd's teaching at Mississippi State. They affectionately referred to him as "Doc," and learned to appreciate his wit and humor. He taught courses related to sheep, horses, livestock management, beginning animal science and western equitation. He also coached MSU's livestock judging team in the early years of his tenure. Over his lifetime, Boyd became one of the most well-known sheep educators in the United States. He demonstrated that sheep could be successfully raised in the extreme heat of the South.
The growing list of more than 200 scholarships through the campaign includes those established by the Enoch, Eloise and Margery Norton Family Foundation in memory of Enoch R. Norton. A 1934 then-Mississippi A&M graduate in dairy sciences, Norton worked in a grocery and ice cream business until his death in 1999 at the age of 96. Future recipients of the Enoch Norton Scholarship must be full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences.