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Omer Joseph Kelley

Author: Alpha Zeta/Wednesday, May 26, 2010/Categories: Obituaries

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May 26, 2010


AKRON, CO- Alpha Zeta alumni Omer Joseph Kelley, 95, passed away in Akron, Colo., on May 20, 2010. Dr. Kelley, who forged a long career in national and international agriculture, was just shy of celebrating his ninety-sixth birthday.

Dr. Kelley was born on May 30, 1914 on the family farm-ranch homestead near Akron, Colo. He married Frances Emma Wilson on December 24, 1940.

In 1939, he earned his B. S. degrees in Chemistry and Agronomy and in 1940 a M.S. degree in Soils Science from Colorado State University. In 1942, he earned his PhD degree in Soil Physics at Ohio State University. He was elected to the national professional honor societies, Alpha Zeta, Sigma Xi, Phi Lambda Epsilon and Gamma Sigma Delta.


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