Since 1983, students and faculty at Iowa State University have benefited from a gift by the estate of Harold ‘Tiny’ Gunderson. This support allows us to invite eminent scholars to speak as part of the Harold Gunderson Memorial Lecture. The focus of these lectures is to provide applied research and extension updates, honoring the contributions that Gunderson made during his 32-year career at Iowa State.
Gunderson was an Iowa State graduate, completing his doctorate in 1939 and then joining the entomology faculty to work on applied pest management. Like many of our graduates, Gunderson received national acclaim for his extension efforts and was recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture with a Superior Service Award in 1954 and an Outstanding Performance Award in 1960. In many ways, he started a tradition of addressing agricultural pest management at Iowa State. Members of our department have leadership roles in industry, government and the Entomological Society of America.
Some of you knew Gunderson personally and experienced his dedication to extension and pest management. There are also many of you that did not know him, but do remember participating in the Gunderson Memorial Lecture. Please join us in contributing to the Harold Gunderson Memorial Lectureship Fund, paying forward benefits you have received through your association with Iowa State entomology. Your donation will support future lectures.