Donation Benefits Animal Science Graduate Students
Earle Klosterman designed the OARDC beef lot in 1968 while serving as associate chair of Animal Science. Today, he and his wife, Anne, have established a fund to support graduate students who study beef cattle at OARDC. (Photo by Ken Chamberlain)
WOOSTER, Ohio -- A former faculty member of The Ohio State
University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences has
established a new fund to support graduate students.
Earle W. Klosterman established the Earle and Ann Klosterman
Endowed Graduate Award with a $200,000 gift to Ohio State’s Department of
Animal Sciences. The annual distribution from this award will help support departmental
graduate students conducting research with beef cattle at the Ohio Agricultural
Research and Development Center (OARDC). OARDC is the research arm of the
Klosterman is native of South Dakota. He earned a bachelor’s
degree from South Dakota State University in 1942 and a doctorate from Cornell
University in 1946. His wife of 65 years, Ann, obtained a bachelor’s degree
from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree from Cornell University.
Ann taught home economics at Wooster High School and the Wayne County Vocational
School for a total of 23 years.
Earle held faculty positions at South Dakota State University
and North Dakota State University before joining the faculty of the Ohio
Agricultural Research and Development Center and The Ohio State University in
1952, where he conducted beef cattle research until his retirement in 1980. He
served as associate chair of the Department of Animal Science from 1967 to 1980
and designed and oversaw the construction of the 400-head capacity OARDC Beef
Center feedlot in 1968.
He had more than 200 publications; his most recognized paper
was published in 1971, titled “Beef Cattle Size for Maximum Efficiency.” His
many contributions to the beef industry, the scientific community, and students
at The Ohio State University leave a lasting legacy.