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Dr. Joseph M. Duich

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Penn State Limited

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Penn State Limited

200 Innovation Blvd. Suite 119

University Park, Pennsylvania 16802

United States

Company Description

Penn State University Penn State is designated as the sole landgrant institution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The University's main campus is located in State College, Pennsylvania. Penn State's Smeal College of Business is one of the largest busi ... more

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Employment History

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Pure Seed Testing , Inc.

Affiliations

Professor Emeritus of Turfgrass Science
Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences

Board Member
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

Founder
The Musser International Turfgrass Foundation

Education

B.S.

Penn State

Ph.D

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Penn State

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Penn State Golf Course

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Joe' Joe Duich will be remembered for educating others about agronomics - and so much more
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Joe Duich, the famed longtime professor of turfgrass science at Penn State University, died Oct. 11 at 85. The golf course industry has lost one of its titans.
Duich joined the Penn State agronomy department faculty in 1955. He taught thousands of students, many who went on to become golf course superintendents. Duich developed Penn State's two-year technical program in golf turf management into an internationally recognized program.
Duich may be best known for breeding several groundbreaking turfgrass cultivars, including Penncross, Penneagle, Pennlinks, and the Penn A and G series of creeping bentgrasses. Penncross, which debuted in 1955, is still the top-selling bentgrass in the world.
Below, Duich's former students and friends remember him:
Dr. Duich was much morethan my most meaningful professional mentor; he was a trusted friend. Over the years, Dr. Duich taught me countless valuable lessons, not all of which were agronomic in nature.
One of the most powerful and long lasting was during our first meeting, the first day of class at Penn State University in 1989. Dr. Duich entered the classroom without addressing the students or making any small talk and went straight to the chalkboard and drew a large circle. In that circle he added a small triangle. In that triangle, which comprised only about 10 percent of the total area of the circle, he wrote the word "turf. On the other 90 percent of the circle he wrote the word "people. My fellow students and I sat quietly as the world-renowned turfgrass professor turned and spoke for the first time. He said, "You have traveled from all over the world to attend this program with the goal of learning how to be a top golf course superintendent. After a significant pause, he added, "Unfortunately, what I can teach you is only 10 percent of what you will need to know to be successful in this business. The other 90 percent is people skills, and those can't always be taught. We all stared in disbelief before he said, "As all of the students who preceded you, each of you will call me in less than five years and tell me I am correct."
For me, it took less than two years. I had been a golf course superintendent for only a few months when a challenging nonagronomic issue arose. I thought I was going to lose my job so I called Dr. Duich for counsel. He assisted me that day, and he continued to call me almost daily for more than a month.
After graduation, I began developing a close personal relationship with my mentor, but this incident confirmed the depth of my connection and friendship with this wonderful man. Dr. Duich was my confidante, my teacher and my friend.
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Dr. Duich was an overachiever in every single sense of the word. Once a Marine always a Marine, he was a taskmaster and expected the absolute most from you. I never felt like the grade was as important as the effort. Dr. Duich was a great leader, mentor, coach, innovator, researcher, husband, father and friend. He changed my life like he did with hundreds of other graduates.
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When I first met Dr. Duich, (still hard to refer to him by his first name), I was 17 years old. On the first day of class for the winter course program for turfgrass management at Penn State in 1972, Dr. Duich asked all of the students to come to the blackboard and spell "aerifier.
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Dr. Duich entered my life in 1967. I met him at the Penn State Turf Conference. In a meeting he would come on really tough, being a Marine and all that. But by the time the meeting was over he was real sweet. ... He'd focus on something and he got it done. He wanted things to be done right and thoroughly. ... He was a teacher first; that was his first love. He was revered.
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Dr. Duich was influential in my career before I truly knew all of the influence he had on our industry. He once told me to never forget that "superintendents are often the creators of their own futility.
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Dr. Duich asked us to put away our notebooks, and he sat there and talked about life for us as superintendents. What concerned him was the high rate of divorce and alcoholism in our profession. He told us that we were the generation that could change that. He encouraged us to take a summer vacation and get away from the golf course. A lot of us had a look of bewilderment on our faces. His point was we had to delegate our authority and teach the people around us so we could get away and spend time with our families. If we couldn't do that, he said we would fail as managers. I will never forget that day.
He was a great man who was willing to listen and help work through problems.
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In memory of Dr. Duich, donations can be made to the Joseph M. Duich Scholarship fund. Checks payable to: The Musser International Turfgrass Foundation, P.O. Box 124, Sharon Center, Ohio 44274. Please note on check: Joseph M. Duich Scholarship fund.


History & Experience | Darren J. Davis, CGCS

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Established and monitored a joint bentgrass research project with Dr. Joseph Duich (Pennsylvania State University) and Dr. Milt Engelke (Texas A&M University)


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I realized that the blame, or more appropriately, the credit belongs to one of my mentors, Dr. Joe Duich, professor emeritus of turfgrass science at The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Duich developed the two-year turfgrass management technical program in 1957. He was known for his wit and challenging teaching method, and he was also one of my professors in 1990 and 1991. I can vividly recall many examples-one of which involved drainage.
During a class in the fall of 1991, after my classmates and I couldn't provide Dr. Duich with a suitable answer to his question, "What is one of the most fundamental aspects of successful turfgrass management," Dr. Duch informed us that the correct response was, "Drainage, drainage, drainage.
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After what seemed liked minutes, but in hindsight was probably seconds, Dr. Duich continued, "It's not rocket science. If you want to be successful at growing turfgrass, you need air drainage, surface drainage and subsurface drainage."
As was often the case with Dr. Duich, it took me a while to really get to the take-home message of this "Super Tip," which is subsurface drainage and our use of stucco mesh lath as part of the process.


Dr. Duich Named PSU Distinguished Alumnus - Philadelphia Association of Golf Superintendents

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Joseph M. Duich, professor emeritus of turfgrass science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, was recently selected by the university's board of trustees to receive the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award, the university's highest award for an individual.

As a faculty member in agronomy at Penn State from 1955 to 1991, Duich developed turfgrass species for use on golf courses and athletic fields. Click here for full story.


Dr. Duich Named PSU Distinguished Alumnus - Philadelphia Association of Golf Superintendents

www.pagcs.org [cached]

Joseph M. Duich, professor emeritus of turfgrass science in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, was recently selected by the university's board of trustees to receive the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award, the university's highest award for an individual.

As a faculty member in agronomy at Penn State from 1955 to 1991, Duich developed turfgrass species for use on golf courses and athletic fields. Click here for full story.

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