Oral history; interview with Dr. Jack Hoover, September 21, 2012, Mitchell Memorial Library, Mississippi State University. Hoover was six years of age when he came to Starkville from Ames, Iowa, when his father was hired at Mississippi State as an Agronomist. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State in 1955, before going to medical school at Tulane University. He then entered the U.S. Navy, where he became a Flight Surgeon. He later completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology. He is now a senior partner at Gulf Coast OB/GYN in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Jack Hoover is the son of the late Dr. C. Dale Hoover, a noted Agronomist at Mississippi State and former head of that department for 26 years. The Agronomy Department, during Hoover’s tenure, was the first and only MSU department to offer a doctoral degree. Also during Hoover’s tenure, the department’s Seed Technology Program was developed and gained international recognition. In this interview, Jack Hoover shares his memories of growing up on the Mississippi State campus and in the Lloyd-Ricks Building, his father’s work with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Stations, and his own love of forestry and the educational environment.
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