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Joseph Duich
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Dr.s Joseph Duich, A.J. Powell and James Watson each played a role in turf management as it is known today and will be missed.
Duich obtained both his B.S. and Ph.D. from Penn State. He then joined the Penn State faculty in 1955. He aided in the education of thousands of undergraduate, graduate and two-year turfgrass students through his career. Among his many accomplishments, Duich helped to develop Penncross bentgrass, Pennfire perennial ryegrass, Pennstar Kentucky bluegrass, Pennlawn creeping fine fescue and Penneagle creaping bentgrass.
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Joe' Joe Duich will be remembered for educating others about agronomics - and so much more
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Golf names in the news for September 2005, 1 Sept 2005 [cached]
Joseph Duich, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Turfgrass Science at Penn State University, hasd been named the recipient of Golf Course Superintendent Association of America's 2006 Old Tom Morris Award for his work in turning Penn State into one of the most successful turfgrass programs in the country.
Golfdom - Retired Penn State Prof Receives Old Tom Morris Award, 8 Sept 2005 [cached]
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) selected Joseph M. Duich as the recipient of the group's highest honor, the Old Tom Morris Award.
Duich, a professor emeritus of turfgrass science at Penn State University, will receive the award during the opening session of the 2006 GCSAA Education Conference at the annual Golf Industry Show.In light of Hurricane Katrina, the exact date and location of the show is pending.
In recognizing Duich, the GCSAA board of directors is breaking with tradition.They selected an honoree who has influenced the game of golf through long hours spent in university classrooms and laboratories in addition to some time on the links.Duich has devoted a lifetime to improving the game of golf by breeding new turfgrasses and teaching hundreds of future golf course superintendents and turfgrass researchers.
Duich's impact on the quality of our golf courses and his contributions to the game of golf are unparalleled.
Duich received his doctorate from Penn State in 1957 and remained at the university as a professor and researcher until his retirement in 1991.Duich and his late mentor, Burt Musser, are credited with turning Penn State into one of the most successful turfgrass programs in the country.
In his more than 36 years of faculty service, Duich oversaw the expansion of the Joseph Valentine Turfgrass Research Center at Penn State and taught more than 5,700 students.He elevated the two-year technical program in golf turf management at Penn State to international acclaim, with more than 1,100 graduates and is fondly remembered for his involvement with his students and for seeing them succeed.
Duich has developed many turfgrasses, including the A and G series of creeping bentgrasses.When Musser died in 1968, he left his work in the capable hands of Duich, who built upon his mentor's work, commercializing Penncross cool-season turfgrasses, which the two developed together to raise funds for the buildings that house Penn State 's research facilities.
In addition to breeding, Duich has authored or co-authored more than 100 technical publications on a variety of turfgrass science subjects.His work has garnered numerous honors, including GCSAA's Distinguished Service Award in 1976, the USGA Green Section award in 1981 and the Golf Course Builders Association of America's Don A. Rossi Award in 2004.
Despite his retirement, Duich remains active as a consultant and speaker in the industry, traveling to visit golf courses and interact with superintendents.He and his wife, Patricia, reside in State College, Pa., and have two children.
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