Former Texas Tech administrator, CASNR Dean Sam Curl dies at 78
Sam Curl, who served as Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Texas Tech University for 18 years, has died. Curl, who passed away on Tuesday (Aug. 2) in Granbury, was 78.
Curl, who was presented an 'Outstanding Agriculturalist Award' from CASNR in 2008, gave more than three decades of service to the university, including three years as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, and dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources from 1979 to 1997.
After leaving Tech, he served as dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University, Director of the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station, and Director of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.
After retiring from full-time service in 2004, Curl worked in professional consulting at Tarleton State University as Executive Assistant to the Provost, and special assistant for research and development to the Tarleton's Dean of Agriculture and Human Sciences. He also worked in a consulting capacity for Ag Workers Mutual Auto Insurance Co. in Fort Worth.
The Tolar native received his bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University, and his master's degree in animal genetics from the University of Missouri. His doctorate in animal physiology was from Texas A&M University. In addition, he was an officer in the U.S. Army, completing his service with the rank of Captain.
During his career, Curl authored or co-authored three books and 95 scientific or technical publications. Separately, he served as past president of the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists, Southern Region Administrative Heads, and the Lubbock Economic Council. He was chairman of the board of the Mid-America International Agricultural Consortium. Curl received distinguished alumnus awards from the University of Missouri and Sam Houston State University.
Written by Norman Martin
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0803NM16 / Editor's Note: Memorial contributions may be made to the "Dean Sam E. Curl Agricultural Leadership Endowment" at Texas Tech University, Acton United Methodist Church or the Tolar Volunteer Fire Department.
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