AMES, Iowa — Theodore (Ted) Hutchcroft, originally of Mediapolis, Iowa, will be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame on Oct. 7 for his lifetime achievements and contributions to 4-H. Honored by the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA), he is one of 15 people being inducted during a ceremony held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md.
“NAE4-HA is proud to acknowledge the outstanding 2011 National Hall of Fame honorees for the passion, dedication, vision and leadership they’ve shown toward our young people during their many years of service to 4-H,” said Lori Purcell-Bledsoe, president, NAE4-HA.
Hutchcroft is the son of the late Paul T. and June Hutchcroft. He grew up on his parents’ Guernsey dairy farm near Mediapolis, and was a charter member of the Mediapolis Junior Farmers 4-H Club when it was formed in 1942. He graduated from Mediapolis High School in 1948 and from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in 1953 and a doctorate in 1978.
He was selected to be a delegate from Des Moines County in 4-H’s International Farm Youth Exchange in 1949, being assigned to Great Britain. It was while making a talk to the Keokuk County 4-H banquet about the trip that he met his future wife, Beverly Walk of South English.
In 1959 he became the information director of the National 4-H Foundation, a post he held for nine years. He was then assigned to San Jose, Costa Rica, to be director of the Inter-American Rural Youth Program, which aided the development of 4-H-like rural youth groups throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
He compiled the “World Atlas of 4-H and Similar Rural Youth Educational Programs,” describing some 60 rural youth programs around the world.
In 1976 he joined the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) on the Iowa State campus. Seven years later he returned to overseas work for an assignment with the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council. In 1986 he joined the Winrock International headquarters staff on Petit Jean Mountain, Ark. He was interim director of communications and publications of the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines from 1992 to 1994. He retired in October 1994.
The Hutchcrofts make their home on Petit Jean Mountain where they are active in community and church activities. They have three daughters, each of whom has been a 4-H member. Jayne teaches high school anthropology in San Jose, Costa Rica. Jill is on the staff of Purdue University. Julia is a member of the orthopedic clinic staff at the University of Minnesota Hospitals.
About the National 4-H Hall of Fame
In 2002, the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents, National 4-H Council and 4-H Headquarters created the National 4-H Hall of Fame during 4-H’s centennial year. The National 4-H Hall of Fame was established to recognize 4-H volunteers, financial supporters, staff and pioneers who made major impacts within the 4-H movement at the local, state and national levels. Biographies and more information about inductees can be found at http://www.nae4ha.com/hof/.
About the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program
4-H is the youth program of America’s Cooperative Extension Service and is the nation’s largest youth development organization, serving more than 6 million young people across the United States with programs in leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills.
One in five Iowa school-age youth participates in Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development programs, headquartered at the Iowa State University campus in Ames and available through ISU Extension and Outreach offices in all Iowa counties. 4-H is supported by federal, state and county funding, private grants and donations, and fees. For more information about joining 4-H, contact your ISU Extension county office at www.extension.iastate.edu/content/county-offices/ or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/4H/.