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Feb. 20, 1923 - May 23, 2014
Born on a dairy farm near Libertytown, MD Earl remained true to the study of science and agriculture throughout his life. Leaving the farm at age 25 Earl completed his Bachelor and Masters studies in Agriculture at the University of Maryland. While at the University of Maryland he was the president of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and sang in several university choral organizations. Upon completion of his Doctoral studies in Agriculture at the University of Illinois, Earl started a long and fruitful career with Monsanto Company in St. Louis, MO in 1958. His devotion to the development of safe and effective crop production chemicals propelled him to many positions of leadership culminating in his designation as the Director of Environmental Operations, Monsanto Company. Upon his retirement from Monsanto in 1982 he served as the Vice President for Regulatory Affairs and then State Affairs with the National Agricultural Chemical Association until 1991. In 1993 Earl and his wife Dolores retired to Nokomis, Fl. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Peggy, and his sister Dorothy. He is survived by his wife Dolores of Nokomis, with whom he enjoyed thirty-three years of marriage; his brother Paul of Union Bridge, MD; daughters Kathy Freeze of Wamego, KS and Ann Doane of Germantown, MD; son Duane Spurrier of Greencastle, PA; stepsons Graig Fischer of Cary, NC and Steven Fischer of Lexington Park, MD; eleven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Cremation is planned. Memorial services will be held at a future date in Frederick County, Maryland. Gifts in memory of Earl may be made to Tidewell Hospice, Inc. 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, Fl. 34238 and the National Parkinson Foundation Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018. Ewing Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Toale Brothers Funeral Homes Ewing Chapel
140 East Venice Avenue Venice, FL 34285
Published in Herald Tribune from May 28 to May 29, 2014