Normans establish scholarship for Penn State animal science students

October 25, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Duane and Roslyn Norman, of Fulton, Md., have established an undergraduate scholarship in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences to support students who are enrolled or who plan to enroll in the Department of Animal Science.

The H. Duane Norman and Roslyn W. Norman Scholarship in Animal Science will be offered to an undergraduate who has an interest in dairy cattle breeding and genetics and/or who has excelled in the 4-H dairy program.

Duane Norman, a native of Tioga County, received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Penn State in 1964 and 1967, respectively. After earning his doctorate from Cornell University in 1970, he began working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service at its Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory in Beltsville, Md. He has worked there for 42 years, most recently as research leader.

Roslyn graduated from Wake Forest University and is an enthusiastic supporter of Penn State. The Normans have 20 family members who are Penn State graduates.

"We are deeply grateful for this thoughtful gift from the Normans, which will help outstanding students pursue a career in the dairy industry," said Terry Etherton, head of the Department of Animal Science. "This scholarship is an affirmation of the tremendous support that Duane and Roz have shown to the department over the years, and we greatly appreciate their continuing commitment."

Duane Norman explained that they wanted to establish the scholarship as an expression of their gratitude for the scholarship support he received as an undergraduate, and as a way of encouraging and developing youth.

Having grown up on a dairy farm with registered Jerseys, Norman was active in 4-H and FFA. As an undergraduate at Penn State, he was president of Collegiate 4-H, vice president of the Dairy Science Club, editor of the Dairyman and a member of the dairy cattle judging team. He received the William Davey Award as the outstanding senior in dairy science.

"I am deeply grateful for the foundation that was given to me as a 4-H'er in Pennsylvania and as a student at Penn State, and I am extremely proud of what this department and its students have achieved in recent years," he said. "Roslyn and I hope the scholarship will serve to encourage students to pursue their dreams and be successful within the industry."

Norman was elected to the College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Board of Directors in 2012. He was named an Outstanding Alumnus by the College of Agricultural Sciences in 2003 and an Animal Science Distinguished Alumnus in 2009.

In 2004, he received the Armsby Honorary Society Award, and in 1996 he received the Penn State Dairymen's Club Service Award. He was recognized as the World Dairy Expo's 2011 Industry Person of the Year and received the American Dairy Science Association's Distinguished Service Award. A director of National Dairy Shrine for nine years, he served as president in 2003 and was given its Guest of Honor Award in 2007.

Norman is known throughout the world for his leadership in genetic evaluation for traits of economic importance for the U.S. dairy industry, and for the positive economic impact these calculations have had over the last 25 years.

The Normans were volunteer 4-H leaders for nearly 30 years and were organizational leaders for the Fulton 4-H Club for 10 years. They have three daughters: Kathryn, Jill and Diane.

Last Updated October 29, 2012