William R. Rothenberger, Frankfort, Indiana, was born and reared in Clinton County. He entered Purdue in the fall of 1930, withdrew from the University in the spring of 1931, and then returned to graduate in 1936. He majored in Animal Husbandry, and was a leader in school and extracurricular activities while on the campus.
Following graduation, he served for a short time in the Department of Agricultural Economics. Upon returning to the home farm near Frankfort, Bill and his father and brother organized one of the most efficient and profitable farm businesses in Indiana.
This farm and its operators have been of unusual service to Purdue University. For over fifteen years, university groups and foreign visitors have studied carefully the excellent organization and operation of this farm. Many years, visitors to this farm have exceeded 500 people.
In addition to his farm activities, Bill has shouldered the responsibilities of many community activities. Latest of these responsibilities has been the Presidency of the Indiana Farm Management Association.
Bill Rothenberger's excellent farm and community record has indeed been an inspiration to those who know him.