Mark Tassin, Merrill, Thomas A. | 8/31/2007 12:29:55 AM
A retired Louisiana 4-H specialist is among 20 people who will be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame this fall.
Joan McCrory of Baton Rouge, who retired from the LSU AgCenter as a professor in 4-H Youth Development in 2005, has been selected as a member of the 4-H Hall of Fame’s "2007 class," which will be formally recognized Oct. 5 at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Md.
Information about McCrory, who served 36 years as an agent and specialist in Louisiana’s 4-H program, will join citations for approximately 200 others in the National 4-H Hall of Fame.
McCrory is the fifth person from Louisiana to be cited – joining retired LSU AgCenter Vice Chancellor and Extension Director Jack Bagent, who received the honor in 2002, Louisiana 4-H program founder Victor Leander Roy Sr., cited in 2004, former state 4-H specialist Stella Jones, inducted in 2005, and former state 4-H leader W.C. Abbott Sr., a 2006 inductee.
The National 4-H Hall of Fame is a cooperative venture of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents, the National 4-H Council and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National 4-H Headquarters. It started in 2002 when 100 people were inducted into the hall of fame in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 4-H youth development program.
"During her tenure, she helped tens of thousands of young people become productive contributors to their communities as adults," said Dr. Paul Coreil, vice chancellor of the LSU AgCenter. "The positive impact of her work can be seen across the state.
"No person is more deserving of this recognition in our state."
McCrory is a charter member of the Louisiana 4-H Agents Association and served that group in a variety of leadership capacities. She also is the author of many Louisiana 4-H project books that are still in use today and is recognized statewide and nationally as an expert on 4-H project records. But her passion for helping young people become the best they could be is demonstrated in her own words.
"I believe helping a young person to develop life skills is more than just building knowledge in a technical subject matter," McCrory said. "It involves different experiences, events and social settings to develop the young person into a competent and caring adult.
"It is a process over time through which 4-H helps a young person be his or her best."
In nominating McCrory for the honor, Dr. Mark Tassin, the current leader of the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H department, said she always focused the spotlight on others.
"Joan did not care for recognition and always strived to have 4-H youth in the forefront," Tassin said, adding that McCrory had served as a mentor to many 4-H faculty members.
He also cited her as the unofficial historian of Louisiana 4-H and said, "The state 4-H office still calls her today about questions on 4-H programs and awards.
"She volunteers her time to 4-H on a regular basis," Tassin added, concluding, "There is not another 4-H faculty member in Louisiana that has given more both professionally and personally to 4-H."
This year’s hall of fame induction ceremonies will be Oct. 5 just before the kickoff of National 4-H Week, which is set for Oct. 7-13.