Robert E. Dennis, Sr. age 92, agronomist. Dr. Dennis was professor of plant sciences, The University of Arizona, Emeritus. Dennis passed away on September 23, 2013. Preceded in death by his wife, Della. He is survived by his children, Dorothy Ann (Ted) Carnevale, Robert E. Jr. (Sherrie), Russell G. (Donna) and five grandchildren, Brian, Tony, Jessica, Julia and Kyle Robert. Dennis served 3½ years in the US Army, attaining the rank of 1st lieutenant (WWII). Dennis taught agriculture and biology in Michigan high schools, 1946 - 1951. Dennis joined the staff of Michigan State University in 1951 as an instructor in crop science and assistant to the director of Short Courses. While at Michigan State, Dennis taught forage and cereal crops courses completed by more than 2,000 students. Dennis received a Ph.D. from Michigan State in 1958. Dr. Dennis was appointed Extension Agronomist and Professor of Plant Sciences at the University of Arizona in 1959. He served in this position for 24 years. While at the University of Arizona, Dennis worked with University staff members and field crop producers located in each of Arizona's 15 counties. During his tenure at the University, Arizona's average yields of Alfalfa and wheat increased by more than 50%. U of A graduate students whose research was directed by Dr. Dennis came from the US, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Iraq, Japan, Morocco, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tunisia. These students, now at the peak of their careers, are serving in leadership positions in many countries of the world. While at the U of A and after retirement, Dennis served as an on-site consultant to the Oak Ridge Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee and in Mexico, Ivory Coast, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Niger. Consulting in projects concerned with ways to increase food production. Dr. Dennis received numerous awards and commendations from Arizona farm groups and national organizations. He authored or co-authored more than 500 publications. Services for Robert E. Dennis Sr. will be held Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY AND CEMETERY, 5801 E. Grant Rd., Tucson, AZ 85712. Arrangements entrusted to EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY AND CEMETERY.
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Sept. 26, 2013