Canadaigua, NY | Certificate of Distinction: 1993
James B. Outhouse, a native of Canadaigua, New York, worked as a professor of animal science at Purdue since his appointment in 1956. He was cited for his "quality performance" in teaching, research and extension work.
Outhouse earned B.S. and M.S. degrees at Cornell University and the University of Maryland until he began doctoral studies at Purdue in 1948. He completed that degree in 1956 in animal nutrition and physiology, and was named an assistant professor. He was promoted to professor in 1961.
Outhouse has served as secretary-treasurer of several organizations, including the Indiana Southdown Breeder's Assn., the Indiana Sheep Breeder's Assn., and the Indiana Livestock Breeder's Assn. He served as assistant to the director of the Indiana State Fair Sheep Department, and as a member of the executive committee of the Hoosier Spring Barrow Show and the Hoosier Beef Show, and on the Animal Agriculture Coordinating Committee.
Nationally, Outhouse has been superintendent of the Sheep and Wool Show at the International Livestock Exposition, and treasurer of the National Institute of Animal Agriculture. He also served as president and secretary-treasurer of the National Block and Bridle Club.
Outhouse was elected to the Livestock Breeders' Hall of Fame, and received the Frederick L. Hovde Award of Excellence in Educational Service to the Rural People of Indiana, and the Indiana Farm Bureau Award for Service to Indiana Agriculture.
Outhouse received the Senior Extension Specialist Recognition Award from the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialists Association. He has been recognized by two governors with Sagamore of the Wabash and Kentucky Colonel Awards.
Purdue students named Outhouse an honorary member of Purdue's Block and Bridle Club. He was named to the first "Who's Who" among former 4-H Club members and was elected an honorary fellow of the American Society of Animal Science.
Outhouse has authored a number of research publications and a chapter of a textbook on sheep management.
In retirement he has served as president of the Lafayette Chapter of the American Association of Retired People, and the People-to-People International program. He is also a member of the Purdue President's Council on Retirement.
He and his wife, Louise, have three children, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.