James Graves, long-time AAEC professor and administrator, dies at 91
By: Norman Martin
James Graves, a 35-year veteran professor and administrator with Texas Tech University's Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, passed away on away on Dec. 27 in Lubbock due to complications from following a hip fracture, stroke, blocked carotid artery and COVID-19. He was 91.
Graves, who joined Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources faculty in 1961, taught more than 20 different courses throughout his career and was heavily involved in cotton marketing research.
During his time at the university he twice served as interim chair of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics from 1977 to 1978, and in 1997. Graves also worked as the department's undergraduate program coordinator from 1983 to 1984, and 1997 to 1998. He retired from Texas Tech in 1999.
Honors for Graves include the American Agricultural Economics Association's Eagle Award (1998) for his contributions to the agricultural economics profession. The next year he was recognized by Texas Tech's Board of Regents as an Emeritus Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics.
Separately, Graves received the Texas Tech President's Excellence in Teaching Award (1995); National Association of Collegiate Teachers of Agriculture Teaching Award of Merit (1994), and Texas Tech Mortar Board Outstanding Teacher (1979). In addition, he was named a charter member of Texas Tech's Teaching Academy, and selected as "Teacher of the Year in Agricultural Economics" several times.
CASNR officials note that a James W. & Lindl T. Graves Scholarship Endowment was established by the Agricultural Economics Association in 2002. The scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students of all classifications, majoring in Tech's Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.
Graves received his bachelor's degree in agriculture from Cornell University, and his master's degree in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University. His doctorate in agricultural economics was from Michigan State University.
CONTACT: Phillip Johnson, chair and director of the Thornton Agricultural Finance Institute, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-0474 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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