Mark A. Bennett ('82, M.S. & '85, Ph.D. Horticulture) was intelligent, curious, kind, generous, and accomplished. To know Mark was to see him as a tireless researcher, educator, mentor, and colleague whose contributions will ripple in homes and businesses near and far for years. His twenty-nine year career at OSU was built on internationally recognized expertise in vegetable production and seed biology. This expertise was displayed in dozens of research articles, a significant array of educational resources and events, numerous Associate Editorships, and as a contributing member to interdisciplinary programs and international working groups. Mark explained relationships among seed quality, stand establishment, and system productivity and helped steer improvements in all through independent and collaborative efforts. Mark bridged research, real-world application, and the transfer of understanding to rising professionals expertly. He also served as Interim Chair of the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, at the request of colleagues. Still, Mark’s ambitious research and education activities did not overshadow his genuine interest in the welfare of others or passion for the earth. Many are better off for having known, worked with, and learned from Mark.
Dixie Beth Lippert ('82, B.S. Agricultural Education & B.S. Agricultural Economics), age 56, of Easton, MN, died Sunday, December 20, 2015 at her home surrounded by her family, after a four-year battle with bone marrow cancer (multiple myeloma). She was raised on a farm in Stevens County near Chokio, MN, and graduated from Chokio-Alberta high school in 1978 and served as a state FFA officer in 1978-79. Dixie graduated with degrees in agricultural education and agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota in 1982, and afterward spent one year teaching high school Vo-Ag at Karlstad, MN, before moving with her husband to the Morris area. For ten years she and Tim farmed near Chokio and Canby, MN, raising sheep together. They moved to their current farm site outside of Easton, MN in 1994. Read her full obituary here.