Lansing, IL | Certificate of Distinction: 1989
Paarlberg, 65, a native of Lansing, Illinois, was reared on a farm in Lake County, Indiana. He is a 1950 School of Agriculture graduate in agricultural economics, and once worked as an accredited farm manager for Farmcraft Service, Inc., West Lafayette. He joined the Purdue staff in 1962 as manager of the Animal Science Farm near Lafayette, and has served as Purdue’s director of agricultural research centers since 1965. Paarlberg was cited for his efficient management of Purdue’s regional farms, and for his personal philosophy that research and education can be combined applied in ways to enhance Indiana’s agricultural and rural economics. He is a past president of the Indiana Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, and served on the School’s Committee of American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. He is a past president of the Tippecanoe County Historical Association, and is a leader in the development of the Feast of the Hunter’s Moon which annually attracts more than 50,000 visitors from several states to Fort Quiatenon near Lafayette. Paarlberg has served as corporation president and alumni advisor to the Purdue chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity during the rebuilding after a fire destroyed the fraternity house two years ago. He is a member of the Lafayette Exchange Club and Federated Church, West Lafayette.