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Dr. George Byrd Passed Away Feb. 14, 2012

2/24/2012

Dr. George Byrd Passed Away Feb. 14, 2012
Associate Professor of Agriculture served Ferrum College and its students with honor, integrity and commitment until his untimely death.

Dr. George Byrd passed away on Feb. 14, 2012. George came to Ferrum College in 2000 as an Assistant Professor of Agriculture. In subsequent years, he was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor. George served the College and its students with honor, integrity and commitment until his untimely death.

Dr. Byrd took his BS, MS, and PhD degrees from the University of Georgia. His agricultural sciences specialty was in plant physiology. Subsequent to earning his PhD, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois, a Huxley Research Fellow in ecology and evolutional biology at Rice University, and an Assistant Professor of Biology at Saint Michael’s College. 

While at Ferrum, George received the Appalachian College Association Fellowship at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and at the University of Tennessee to conduct research and study on the varied but related topics of climate change, ecology, genomics, photosynthesis, bioenergy and forage crop switchgrass . George ably served as the Division Chair of Life Sciences from 2004-2007 and he was the Program Coordinator of Agriculture Sciences for most of his years at the College. In addition, he served as the Advisor to the Agriculture Club, a role he greatly enjoyed as he influenced the lives of many current students and alumni alike. 

Dr. Byrd was actively involved with students, his colleagues, and the community. All who knew him mourn the loss of our professor, colleague and friend. May he rest in peace knowing he made a difference in the lives of so many.

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