Clinton, IN | Certificate of Distinction: 1977
Some people just seem to have the knack of tackling tough unpopular issues and hammering them through to their successful conclusion. Just such a man is Donald E. Foltz, Clinton, Indiana. Never one to sidestep an issue when his own convictions dictate that he move ahead, he has amassed an impressive array of accomplishments.
Graduate, Highest Distinction, Purdue School of Agriculture; Masters Degree, University of Maryland; Veteran of Korean War; County Extension Agent for three years; Member, Indiana State Legislature, 1955-61; Majority Leader of the House, 1959-61; Active in the School Reorganization Act; Author of the Purdue Veterinary School Bill; Creator of the Indiana Department of Administration; Director, Indiana Department of Conservation, 1961-65.
While Director of Conservation, Foltz acquired over 30,000 acres of land for recreational and conservation purposes at the Huntington, Salamonie, Mississinewa, and Monroe reservoirs. For the first time in several decades, he expanded over half of the Indiana state parks. He replaced the political patronage system in the Conservation Department with a merit system for professional workers. In 1963 he personally promoted a special cigarette tax for the establishment of the Indiana Museum. Don Foltz, who farms 800 acres in Vermillion County, is a man for his community, too.
President, West Central Indiana Development District; President, Swope Art Gallery, Terre Haute; Organizing Chairman, Clinton State Bank; Member, Purdue Ag Alumni Board of Directors, 1965-75; Member, Purdue Alumni Association Board, 1972-75; President, Purdue Ag Alumni Association, 1971-74.
It's a little more difficult to describe the informal attitudes that causes Don Foltz to strive to improve soil conservation practices, to activate school reorganization, and to get a new Church built in his community.
Don Foltz, we congratulate you for the many causes you have "championed." We thank you for standing on principle, oftentimes at great personal sacrifice. For "service beyond the call of duty" you richly deserve this Certificate of Distinction.