Grant Donor Bios

Marvin A. Anderson

Marvin served ISU as a 4-H Club Agent in Wayne County from 1939 to 1940. He was a District Soils Agent serving several counties from 1940-1942. He came to campus and became an Extension Agronomist in 1942. He served in the Navy from 1944-1946. In 1952 he was named Associate Director of the Iowa State Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station. In 1966 when all Extension work at ISU was reorganized into one administrative unit, he became ISUs first Dean of University Extension. He retired in 1974 from ISU. The ISU Parks Library Special Collections Department hosts a full collection of Marvin’s professional correspondence, newspaper clippings, published articles, subject files and talks. His professional interests ranged from soil health to diffusion of new ideas with farm people. The Excellence in Extension fund in his name supports advanced degree work for Extension professionals.

Betty A. Elliott

Betty worked with ISU Extension for 15 years as Associate Dean and state Leaders of Home Economics Programs in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, Associate Vice Provost for University Extension, Interim Dean Home Economics Extension, and Professor of Home Economics Education. She was the first woman to serve as Director of Extension at ISU and retired in 1991. She started college at Kansas State University and had planned to be a French teacher until participating in a 4-H international exchange program her sophomore year when she changed her interest to home economics. She worked in Washington, D.C. for a Kansas congressman and the National 4-H Council international exchange program. She returned to Kansas and worked as a home economics agent with Republic County Extension, then led 4-H and leadership development at the University of Minnesota, and served in a home economics position with the University of Wisconsin Extension. She received her master’s degree in Extension education and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin. Betty came to ISU in 1977 to serve as the state leader for Home Economics Extension. She provided a gift of life insurance to benefit the Excellence in Extension fund to support advanced degree work and innovative program development.

Herb B. Howell

Herb joined Extension in 1934 as an ISU Extension Associate after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural economics from ISU.  From 1935-1945 he served as a District Extension Economist in southeast Iowa. His ISU master’s degree thesis, “Better Farm Accounting” a farm record book was a best seller of the ISU Press. Herb served as the leader of the Extension farm management and credit program from 1945 until his retirement. He was promoted to full professor and in 1949 became the Director of the Agricultural Credit School. Herb was known internationally as an expert in farm management and agricultural credit. His foreign assignments took him to Argentina and Peru. He helped organize a 1955 visit of the Soviet Agricultural Delegation to Iowa.  The Excellence in Extension fund in his name supports the development of creative and innovative Extension programming.

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