, | Certificate of Distinction: 1974
The Certificate of Distinction of the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association reads "for service to agriculture beyond the call of duty."
Nowhere, will you find a man who has, throughout his life, given more completely of himself to his profession than John F. McKee, Williamsport, Indiana.
John is a member of an outstanding agricultural family. He was an extremely successful 4-Her, winning many state and national awards.
A graduate of the Purdue School of Agriculture, he joined the Extension Service after completion of college and served 38 years as a "county agent" until his retirement last June. He was an assistant agent in Hancock and Shelby counties and extension agent in Daviess County for ten years and in Warren County for the past 24 years.
Dedication is no idle thought with John McKee. He has been a tireless leader of adult programs in crops and livestock, of 4-H Club activities, and has been a builder of 4-H fairs wherever he has been. He has been an activator of soil conservation groups, and has quite a following as a farmstead planner.
John is not one who organizes a thing and then says "you do it." He is there, working, himself. A meticulous record keeper, he can show you that he has traveled 950,000 miles on Extension business, and has attended more than 11,400 meetings in his 38 year career.
He is an active Rotarian, and has served as a district governor of that service organization. He is a Church leader in his community, and the power behind the throne in the Warren County Purdue Ag Chapter. He is a world traveler, too, and has led several groups to Europe and the Southwest Pacific.
John has now retired from organized work, but, rest assured, he has not retired from the active life that he loves so much. Well done, John. We commend you.