Oral history; Interview with William R. Fox, July 25, 2012, at Mitchell Memorial Library, Mississippi State University. Dr. Fox came to Starkville and Mississippi State in 1962 as an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Engineering. In 1967, he became Head of the Department of Agricultural Engineering and served as Head of the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering for the next 20 years. His next assignment was to serve as Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, a position he held until his retirement from MSU in 2001. Fox earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee and his PhD from Iowa State University. During his tenure at Mississippi State, he was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers and was awarded the Mississippi Engineer of the Year Award. In this interview, Fox discusses at length his early years in Lloyd-Ricks and the departments and personalities housed there, the accomplishments of MSU’s Agricultural and Biological Engineering Program, the birth of the Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service, the development of MSU’s Enology Program and the A.B. McKay Foods Laboratory, and many well-known MSU employees.
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