When this author was a struggling, overage sophomore in the Purdue School of Agriculture, Gerald Isaacs was his teenage Luma Co-op House brother working on his Master's degree. This fact is used only to point out the intellectual capacity that has been the trait of Isaacs since his high school days in Parke County, Indiana.
Gerry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Purdue, as well as a Master's degree from here in the same field. In 1954, he earned his Doctorate in agricultural engineering from Michigan State University. He then returned to Purdue and joined the Agricultural Engineering faculty, where he carried on an active research program in crop drying. He was a dedicated teacher. In 1964, Dr. Isaacs became head of his department. His guidance has contributed to the establishment of the Purdue Agricultural Engineering department as one of the leaders in the profession.
Isaacs has been awarded many professional honors. He is a Fellow in the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. He has served as a visiting lecturer in Germany, and has been on four short term assignments of Rural University in Minas Gerais, Viscosa, Brazil.
His distinguished professional career might lead you to think that Isaacs is, somehow, separated from the practical everyday life. Not so - Gerry has a nice little place out west of town where his prize flock of sheep are his pride and joy. He is a faculty advisor for the Boilermaker Tractor Pull, and is always available to talk with students.
Dr. Isaacs is an active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, the Lafayette Rotary Club, and a District Chairman of the Kidney Foundation of Indiana.
It pleases the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association to recognize a person who excels in his own community, his university, and nationally, in his chosen profession. Gerald Isaacs is our kind of man.