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Purina Animal Nutrition Teaching Award in Dairy Production

Larry FoxLawrence Fox

Lawrence K. (Larry) Fox was raised in New York and spent his summers milking and feeding cows, caring for replacement heifers, and putting up hay. After graduating from Cornell University in 1977, Fox worked for a year on a 60-cow dairy in central New York. He completed his MS at Virginia Tech in 1980 and received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983. His first faculty appointment was at the University of Hawaii (1982-1985), where he served as the dairy extension specialist in dairy management. ln 1985, Fox left Hawaii for a position at Washington State University (WSU), where he has remained for more than 30 years. ln 1986, Fox developed an Advanced Dairy Management course at WSU. This course was focused on teaching students how data-based management programs and projection and analytical programs could be incorporated into dairy management systems. In addition to the Advanced Dairy Management course, Fox has been the lead instructor for Dairy Cattle Traits and Selection for 15 years, Introductory Dairy Production Laboratory for more than 25 years, and the senior-level Dairy Production class for more than 25 years. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Fox has advised the WSU Dairy Club for 32 years. The focus of the club’s efforts are service and learning–and having fun. The WSU Dairy Club regularly attends the Student Affiliate Division meeting of the ADSA, has an officer at the national level most years, and is one of only two teams that has won the Quiz Bowl competition more than once. The WSU Dairy Club has also won the Hoard’s Dairyman National Judging Competition. Because of his dedicated service to this successful club, Fox was awarded the ADSA-SAD Advisor of the Year Award in 2012.