Marcus Zuber, retired USDA-ARS Geneticist/Research Leader and Emeritus
Professor of Agronomy at the University of Missouri-Columbia, died 28 November
1998 at the age of 86. Following his request, a simple graveside service was
held at Columbia on 1 December 1998.
Marcus S. Zuber was born in Gettysburg, SD, on 10 January 1912, and was raised
on a family-operated grain farm. He received the B.S. degree from South
Dakota State College in 1937, and the M.S. in 1940 and Ph. D. in 1950 from
Iowa State College with George F. Sprague.
Dr. Zuber's stimulation of ideas, and his motivating of others toward
collaborative research, have contributed to the effectiveness of the corn
breeding community, public and private, for decades. Corn inbred lines
released from his USDA-ARS project at the University of Missouri, especially
Mo17 (a 'sleeper' for some time before its potential was used), contributed to
the rapid adoption of single-cross corn hybrids having wide adaptability.
His honors include Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of
Science (1956), of the American Society of Agronomy (1963), and the Crop
Science Society of America (1963). He was named Outstanding Educator in
America in 1973. He received the Crop Science Award from the Crop Science
Society of America (1976), the National Award for Agricultural Excellence from
the National Agri-Marketing Association (1976), an Honorary Doctor of Science
from South Dakota State University (1976), and the National Council of
Commercial Plant Breeders Genetics and Plant Breeding Award (1986).