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Kamprath's achievements as soil scientist, teacher honored with scholarship endowment


Dr. Michael Wagger (left), new head of the CALS Department of Soil Science, synchronizes his watch with the timepiece presented to Dr. Eugene Kamprath at the Soil Science Society dinner.
Photo by Becky Kirkland

Dr. Eugene J. Kamprath, professor emeritus of soil science at N.C. State University, has been honored with the establishment of the Eugene J. Kamprath Soil Science Scholarship Endowment in the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation Inc. The endowment is being created in N.C. State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in recognition of Kamprath's leadership in the Department of Soil Science and in the international community of soil scientists.

The endowment was established in ceremonies at the Soil Science Society of North Carolina dinner at the N.C. State University Club Jan. 16. It will provide perpetual support for soil science research and teaching in the College, as well as funding for graduate fellowship awards and undergraduate scholarships in the Department of Soil Science.

Kamprath served as head of the Department of Soil Science from 1989 to 1996, when he retired after serving his entire professional career at N.C. State. A native of Seward, Neb., Kamprath received both his 1950 B.S. degree and his 1952 master's degree in agronomy from the University of Nebraska, before earning his 1955 Ph.D. in agronomy at N.C. State University.

He joined the N.C. State Soil Science Department in 1955 as assistant professor and became associate professor in 1958 and professor in 1963. He was named a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor in 1981. He also served as director of the Soil Testing Division of the N.C. Department of Agriculture.

At the endowment ceremony, Kamprath was cited by colleagues and friends for "his rich history of achievements as a scientist, teacher, mentor and administrator" and for his "profound influence on generations of soil scientists and students, many of whom continue his legacy throughout the world. . His life and work reflect the highest standards of a scientist and a person."

- Terri Leith

To contribute to the Kamprath Endowment, contact Chris Wessel at 919.515.7678