Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck
1915 - 2012
Dr. Glenn H. Beck passed away October 30th at Kingswood Senior Living in Kansas City, Missouri at the age of 97.
Glenn was born in Chester, Utah in 1915, was raised on a farm in Aberdeen, Idaho and graduated from the University of Idaho in 1936. He finished his master's degree in dairy production at K-State in 1938, after which he joined the faculty as an instructor in Dairy Husbandry. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, training in North Carolina and serving in Japan and the Philippines. After the war, he completed his doctorate in animal physiology and nutrition from Cornell University in 1950.
Glenn became a full professor at K-State, moved to the University of Maryland to become Head of Dairy Sciences (1953-1956), and then returned to K-State to become Director of the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station. In 1960, he was appointed KSU Dean of Agriculture. That job evolved into the position of Vice-President.
In 1975 Glenn began working for the United State Agency for International Development (AID) and the Rockefeller Foundation. His greatest goal was to help Third World Countries find solutions for their malnutrition issues. He helped develop a worldwide agricultural research network and coordinated planning and development efforts to improve livestock and high-protein field crops. He served as Provost for Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria and helped establish Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University in India. He retired in 1985.
Glenn was preceded in death by his wife Genevieve who died in 1973 and his second wife Dorothy who died in 2009. Survivors include his two daughters and their husbands, Ferol and Les Gerig and Suzy and Eddie Dissinger; grandchildren Geoff Werth, Stacey Jones, Michele Kavanaugh, Chrissy Reed, Scott Potter and Courtney Maxwell along with their spouses and fourteen great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his step-daughter Nancy Mallory, four step-grandchildren and their children, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services for Glenn will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Colonial Funeral
Home at 11:00 a.m. with urn burial to take place in the Falls View Cemetery, American Falls, Idaho.
Donations may be made to the Glenn Beck Agricultural Scholarship; Kansas State University Foundation; Manhattan, KS 66502.
Colonial Funeral Home is caring for the Glenn Beck family. Condolences may be sent to the family online at


Published in Idaho State Journal on Jan. 29, 2013