Washington, IN | Certificate of Distinction: 1975
Thomas E. Graham, Washington, Indiana, is a member of one of Indiana's more notable families. At some time in his life, he must have been tempted to just sit back and take it easy, and let those who must do the toiling and straining.
But, that's not the kind of stuff Tom Graham's made of. You will find him knee deep in mud on a wet spring day, driving cattle on a hot dusty day, helping his neighbors with a watershed program, or possibly engaging in the multifaceted chores of a Purdue trustee.
No, life's not very easy for Tom Graham. That's the way he chose it. Tom graduated from the Purdue School of Agriculture in 1942. He served in World War II as a Naval officer in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters.
After the war, Tom returned to Daviess county to enter the family farm corporation.
He now is vice-president of Graham Farms, Inc., which consists of more than 5,000 acres, part of which has been in the family for more than 125 years. They now produce corn, soybeans and cattle. Until recently, they were one of the largest turkey growers in the country. He also is vice-president of the Graham Cheese Corporation at Elnora.
Well, you say, that's where it will end. Not so ... Tom Graham has served his community well. He is a former director of the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association. He is now serving his third term as a Purdue trustee. For ten years, he was president of the Daviess County Soil Conservation Board of Supervisors. He and his group organized one of the first small watershed programs in the state. Tom also has been active in the business of the Wabash Valley Association and served as its vice-president. He was the first president of the Indiana Forage Council, and he supports and lends his leadership to many other agricultural causes.
Tom Graham is fiercely loyal to his agricultural profession and believes unstintingly in its destiny. For that, we salute him with this Certificate of Distinction.