CHARLES E. SWAIN, INDIANAPOLIS, State Conservationist for the U. S. Soil Conservation Service began his career in conservation in 1929 following his graduation from Purdue with a degree in forestry. He has never left that demanding and rewarding field.
After five years with the Indiana Department of Conservation, Ed joined the newly formed Soil Conservation Service. Since that time, he has worked as an Administrator for two years, as an Area Conservationist in Illinois and Wisconsin for six years, and then back to Indiana as Assistant State Conservationist. He then served as an Assistant Regional Director before returning again to Indiana as State Conservationist in 1954.
Swain's leadership, vision, and good judgment, and his dedication to the sound principle of the community approach to good conservation has gained him the loyalty and supportof all his professional and lay compatriots. Consequently, conservation in Indiana has moved progressively forward to achieve the lofty ideal of the conservation of our natural resources for all mankind.
For his efforts in the cause of conservation, Ed Swain received, in 1962, the Superior Service Award from U.S. Department of Agriculture and this last year was elected a fellow in the Soil Conservation Society of America.
Serving an ideal is good. Serving this ideal in the fashion that Ed Swain has is worthy the Certificate of Distinction of the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association.