Endowment fund to help agriculture majors

By MATTHEW DIXON

neighborhoods@columbiamissourian.com

Even after his death, Jerry Lon Litton’s name has continued to play a part in the agriculture community  at MU.

A $250,000 endowed fund has been set up in his name to help support students in MU’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.  According to an MU news release, the Jerry Litton Fund for Agricultural Leadership has four defined purposes:

  • The Litton Lectureship to bring speakers to campus.
  • The Litton Fellowship to support faculty entrepreneurial activities.
  • The Litton Scholarship to encourage top students to develop leadership potential.
  • The Litton Agricultural Leadership Fellowship to enable students to gain farm policymaking experience.

The MU alumnus died in an aircraft accident in 1976 shortly after winning a Democratic primary for U.S. Senator. Litton’s fraternity brother and vice president of the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation, Edwin Turner, said he contributed a great deal to the agriculture community.

“He was very interested in animal agriculture, and he fathered his career by establishing one of the premier purebred breed organizations in the country, the Litton Charolais Ranch,” Turner said. “It was internationally known.”

Litton’s commitment to agriculture prompted establishment of the fund to help members of the younger generation pursue their dreams, according to Turner.

“That’s what he was all about ,and hopefully the things we are going to do with this endowment fund is try and stretch them as far as we can, to their God-given talents and abilities,” he said.

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