From the field to the classroom to the garden, Richard Rust devoted his life to the soil. Rust, a former professor of soil science at the University of Minnesota, surveyed the state's land and developed a groundbreaking way of growing food from it. He died Aug. 19 at the age of 94. After serving in WWII, Rust earned his doctorate at the University of Illinois and then came to the University of Minnesota to work at the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate. Rust did a lot of working helping farmers helping them to recognize that every field was different. He also assisted in criminal investigations as a forensic soil scientist. No matter what Rust did, he made sure to help people using the skills and knowlege he had. Read more of his obituary here.
Bill Marchand '51
Bill Marchand passed away on September 25th. Born in Rice, Minnesota, he graduated from the School of Agriculture on the St Paul campus in 1951 and attended college in Bemidji. He married Martha Marchand (McGuire) in 1957 and they spent the first two years of their marriage in Germany, where Bill was stationed with the tank corps in the army. After completing his Ph.D. in Theater at the University of Minnesota in 1965, he was hired to teach Humanities on the University's St. Paul campus. He was an award-winning teacher, much beloved by his students. He also served for almost three decades as the advisor and director for Punchinello Players, a student theater group located on the St. Paul campus. He will be remembered for his far ranging curiosity, his love of ideas and good conversation, irreverent sense of humor, and deep love of his family. Read on...