1989 Award of Distinction Recipients

Reuben Albaugh

In a UC Davis career spanning more than 60 years, extension specialist Reuben Albaugh (deceased) played a leading role in the development of California's livestock industry. He was a sought-after speaker and consultant in his field.

William Allewelt

William Allewelt served as president emeritus of Tri-Valley Growers and chair of the Davis-based University of California Agricultural Issues Center Advisory Committee. He serves on the college's Policy Advisory Committee and is the recipient of the UC Davis Distinguished Alumnus Award.

The Fred H. Bixby Family

An unsolicited gift from the Fred H. Bixby Company to the university in 1949 provided on-farm experiences for agricultural students. The gift created the Agricultural Practices Program, which later merged with the campus-wide Internship and Career Center.

Dean Brown

Dean Brown has been active in California agriculture for more than 50 years. He is co-founder of the Agricultural Education Foundation and served as president for 25 years. Nearly 600 participants have graduated and moved on to assume leadership posts in agriculture and public service.

Katherine Esau

A UC Davis alumna, Katherine Esau (deceased) was a member of the Davis faculty for 30 years. She is a nationally recognized plant anatomist and has been called the "grande dame" of American botany. Her support of campus programs helped create an endowed chair in plant sciences.

Gordie "Jack" Hanna

A 1926 UC Davis graduate, Jack Hanna (deceased) propelled the California processing tomato industry to national and world prominence by developing a tomato variety suitable for mechanical harvesting. He also bred most of California's disease-resistant asparagus and developed several internationally produced sweet potato varieties.

Douglas Muhleman

Douglas Muhleman rose to the rank of resident brewmaster with Anheuser-Busch Company seven years after receiving his master's degree in food science and technology. He paved the way for other UC Davis graduates hired by the company and motivated the company to provide internships and gifts to support UC Davis' brewing program.

Evelyne and Richard Rominger

Evelyne and Richard Rominger, both UC Davis undergraduates, have been champions of the college and California agriculture for more than 40 years. Richard was the director of the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the U.S. Deputy Agriculture Secretary.

Gordon Van Vleck

Gordon Van Vleck was named director of the California Department of Resources in 1983. His leadership in addressing California's environmental and agricultural concerns resulted in government and industry support for many of our college's research and extension activities.

Henry Voss

As president of the California Farm Bureau Federation, Henry Voss (deceased) created the Ag in the Classroom Program designed to provide the urban population an understanding of and appreciation for agriculture. Voss was appointed director of the California Department of Food and Agriculture by Gov. George Deukmejian.

Robert Wetzel

Robert Wetzel is an internationally renowned expert in limnology, the study of the life and phenomena of lakes, ponds and streams. Wetzel received his Ph.D. in zoology and environmental sciences from UC Davis in 1962 and was a professor and research scientist at the University of Michigan.