Oral history; interview with Dr. Wallace Killcreas, April 9, 2012, Mitchell Memorial Library, Mississippi State University. Dr. Killcreas, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics, is a native of George County, Mississippi. He worked as an Agricultural Economist with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station at MSU. Killcreas first came to Lloyd-Ricks on the MSU campus in 1964 as a student, when he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Forestry. He then went on to earn his Master’s in Agricultural Economics in 1966. Killcreas served in the U.S. Navy from 1967 to 1970. He later earned his PhD in Agricultural Economics, with a minor in Computer Science at Mississippi State in 1976. He became a Professor in Agricultural Economics in 1978. In 1982, he first programmed FISHY software, which aids the aquaculture industry with its recordkeeping. As a part of his work at MSU, his research areas included computer software development, aquaculture, taxation, and production economics. He retired from Mississippi State in 2003. In this interview, Killcreas discusses the history of computing on the MSU campus, and the history of the Lloyd-Ricks Building, both as a student and a faculty member, and the people who made it a special place to be.
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