Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dale Flowerday

Albert Dale "Dale" Flowerday, age 89, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, formerly of Lincoln, Nebraska, passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the Tennessee State Veterans Home in Murfreesboro. Dale proudly served his country in the US Army, during the Korean War. He received his BS in Agriculture, MS and PhD in Agronomy all from The University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He devoted his whole life to improving and teaching agriculture, as evidenced by his professional life. 
Dale was born June 14, 1927 and raised on a farm north of Seward, NE. He graduated from Seward High School in 1944 and went on to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, majoring in agronomy. He met Alice Boswell of Benkleman, NE while at UNL. They married and had four sons: Charlie, Stan, Ken and Rich. After graduating with a PhD, he began his professional career at UNL as an agronomist and was the first superintendent of the Northeast Experiment Station at Concord. He returned to the department of agronomy in 1964 to serve as leader of agronomy extension and out-state testing activities. He moved his young family to Bogota, Colombia, South America, where he served as deputy director of the Nebraska Mission to Colombia from 1967-69.
Upon returning to UNL he served as vice chairman of the department of agronomy from 1969-71, when he was named associate professor. He was promoted to full professor in 1973 with teaching and research responsibilities. At UNL he conducted research on irrigation, soybean yields, water use, and simulated hail damage at what is now the University of Nebraska Agriculture Research and Development Center near Mead. He helped initiate the crop management and diagnostic clinic at ARDC in 1996 and has assisted with the soybean management field days since 1998.
While teaching undergraduate and graduate agronomy courses, Flowerday was rated an excellent teacher by students in the introductory course in crops science. Dale received the UNL Student Foundation Builders Award for Teaching in 1974, 1975 and 1976. He received the university's Distinguished Teaching Award in science and technology sponsored by the Amoco Foundation and the Outstanding Teaching Award from the UNL chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta in 1976. During his professional career Dale received many other awards. While at UNL, he also led several student research trips to Colombia in the early 70's.
After retiring from UNL in 1983, he served as agronomy manager, Plains Division, Pioneer Hi-Bred International at Lincoln from 1983-94.
Dale married Marlene in 1992 and together they started DalMar Consulting in Lincoln where he provided crop consulting services as an independent agronomist. He is a member of the American Society of Agronomy, Sigma Xi scientific research society, Gamma Sigma Delta honor society of agriculture, and the Nebraska Association of Crop Consultants.
A memorial service to Celebrate Dale's life will be held at Eleven O'clock the morning of Friday, July 7, 2017 at Eastridge Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. To leave thoughts, memories and to view complete obituary, please visit www.roselawnfh.com. Roselawn Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens, 5350 NW Broad Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37129, 615-893-2742

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