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Alfred Black Obituary
Alfred L. Black, 82, passed away July 25, 2013 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Son of Alvin G. and Zella A. (Gibbs Black), he was born May 25, 1931 in Salida, CO. Alfred married his high school sweetheart Geraldine Brady on June 15, 1952. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Alfred served from 1955 to 1957 in Korea. A testament to how Alfred showed his concern for his local community, he served as a volunteer fire fighter in Sidney, MT for 18 years. He was a longstanding member of the BPO Elks club and an Exaulted Leader. Alfred Black served the US government for 40 years as a Soil Scientist for the USDA. After graduation with his Masters degree from Colorado State University he was stationed in Sidney, MT until 1979. During that time he became a leading researcher provided basic and applied technical information about crop residue management for improving water conservation, crop water-use efficiencies and controlling soil erosion. In 1979 Alfred became the Director of the Northern Great Planes Research Center located in Mandan, North Dakota, where he continued until his retirement in 1993. Al was known for his ability to speak not only to the scientific community but also to the farmers that were out in the field. He was proud of this ability and how important it was to get the information to those who were doing the work every day of feeding our country and others. Alfred's research led him to become recognized nationally and internationally as a leading expert in dryland agriculture. He consulted not only throughout the US but also in the former USSR, Australia, Canada & India. Through his career he had the opportunity to travel and help other countries with difficulties they were facing. He was also recognized for research and leadership activities by his peers, multiple companies, and US Federal Agencies for his body of work. Some of his awards include: Certificates of Merit for Special Services in 1967, 1989 and 1990; Outstanding Performance Cash Award in 1992; Peer recognition Fellow Awards SWCSA and ASA; and user group awards by NASA, North Dakota Wheat Producers Association, Prairie Chapter of NAMA, GP-2 Conservation Tillage Task Force, and the NDASCD. Alfred was an avid bowler, horseshoe player, gardener, and loved to spend time up at the family ranch hunting, fishing, and tending to the land. Mr. Black is survived by his wife, Jerry; and daughters, Michelle Black and Maria Black. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Black; his parents; and brother, Frank L. Black. Memorial Service will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at the Wilson Funeral Home Chapel in Canon City. The family asks that any memorials be directed to: The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Colorado State University Foundation, 410 University Services Center, Fort Collins, CO 80523, ph# 970-491-7135, or to American Lung Association in Colorado, Denver, 5600 Greenwood Plaza Blvd., Suite 100, Greenwood Village, CO 80111-2316, ph# 303-388-4327. Arrangements handled through Wilson Funeral Home. Online condolences @ www.wilsonfuneral home.org

Published in The Canon City Daily Record on July 27, 2013
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