West Lafayette, IN | Certificate of Distinction: 1967
Esprit de corps is a term, according to Webster, that means "group spirit." If this exotic term can apply to any particular segment of the agricultural business, it most surely typifies the poultry industry.
One man has been a moving force in the inspiration and the amalgamation of poultry people into an efficient, progressive, and useful group of productive agriculturalists. That man is Dr. J. Holmes Martin of West Lafayette, Indiana.
J. Holmes graduated from Purdue in 1917. He received a Master's Degree from the University of Kentucky in 1924 and a Doctor's Degree from the University of Kentucky in 1929. He was in charge of Poultry Husbandry and Genetics at Kentucky• from 1917 until 1938. In 1940, he came to Purdue as Head of the Poultry Department. He served illustriously in that position until he was appointed Assistant Head of the new Animal Sciences Department in 1962.
From 1963 until 1965, he served on the staff of the Purdue - Brazil Project. Dr. Martin's productivity is clearly exemplified by his membership in many professional societies.
He was grand president of Alpha Gamma Rho, secretary-treasurer of the Poultry Science Association, a member of the Executive Council of the World's Poultry Science Association, and belonged to a great many other organizations.
He was one of only two poultry men from the United States elected a life member of the World's Poultry Science Association in 1966 - a coveted and much sought after honor.
For being in love with his profession, we honor Dr. J. Holmes Martin with the Certificate of Distinction.