Telford, Dr. Horace Scholarship

Dr. Horace Telford was born December 16, 1909 in Idaho Falls. He started his higher education at Chaffey Junior, spent time at Texas Technological College, and earned his B.S. in Zoology at the University of Utah in 1933. He then went to the University of Minnesota and earned his M.S. in Entomology and Economic Zoology, his Ph.D. in Entomology and minored in Aquatic Ecology. Horace is an avid fisherman and his first position as a State Entomologist was with the North Dakota Experiment Station first as an Assistant Entomologist and then Associate Entomologist. From 1944 to 1947, He worked for Hess and Clark Company in Ohio where his research discovered that DDT effected animal tissue; He is recognized as the first person to discover that DDT accumulated in body fat and milk. Dr. Telford joined the Washington Agriculture Experiment Station at WSC in 1947. He taught Entomological History and Literature, Principles of Applied Entomology, and Pesticides and the Environment. He directed the research of five graduate students and served on the thesis committees of many students. He is a lifetime member of Sigma Xi and the Entomological Society of America. He was also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, member of the American Institute of Biological Scientists, and Entomological Society of Washington. Early in the 1950’s, Horace started an effort to establish an independent Department of Entomology, within the College of Agriculture. He forced the issue by petitioning the university administration to unify the elements of entomology with those in Agriculture, which was granted and he became the first Chair of the Department of Entomology. Horace was the administrative leader of a group of entomologists from 1951-1968. His three children, Charles Telford, Carol Ann Telford Butler, and Vivian Telford Anderson, establish this endowment in honor of Dr. Horace S. Telford.