Alumnus scheduled as commencement speaker

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Alumnus scheduled as commencement speaker

April 27, 2009

Dr. Larry ClaflinDr. Larry Claflin, a 1963 graduate of Northwestern Oklahoma State University, will deliver the commencement address at the university’s spring graduation ceremony at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 9, on the Ranger Field.

A reception for graduates, families and friends will be held in the Student Center Ballroom immediately after the commencement ceremony.

A professor emeritus of plant pathology at Kansas State University, Claflin is a member of the Northwestern Foundation Board of Trustees. He was named the 1993 Outstanding Graduate in education by the Alumni Association.

Claflin earned his master’s degree from East Texas State University in 1969, his doctorate in plant pathology from Kansas State in 1972 and became an extension plant pathologist at Montana State University for three years. During this time, he also served as director of the Montana Seed Potato Certification Program.

He returned to Kansas State in 1975 as an assistant professor. He worked his way through academic ranks and was named a full professor in 1987. He was acting chair and then chair of the Plant Pathology Department from 1979 to 1982.

Claflin has held several adjunct positions with Mississippi State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Pioneer Hi-Bred International. He also had consulting assignments with other universities, including Michigan State, Missouri and Purdue.

He has chaired numerous national and international committees on plant pathology and international agriculture. Claflin conducted or reviewed research in nearly 20 countries in Africa and Latin America. He has more than 100 referred scientific journal articles and more than 100 abstracts presented at society meetings.

He and his wife Dixie now live in Anthony, Kan.