AFRE Passages (Fall 2011)

posted on December 12, 2011 12:10pm

Rick Anderson, owner of Anderson International Travel, was known to the many department members who traveled internationally over the past twenty years. He passed away on August 15, 2010. His obituary appeared in the Lansing State Journal (

Harold O. (Hal) Carter (B.S. 1953), former chair and professor emeritus of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis, passed away September 22, 2011. Carter graduated from MSU and earned his doctorate from Iowa State. He served on the UC Davis faculty from 1958 to 1985, including serving two terms as department chair. His research centered on the world’s food supply and demand balance. He also served as a senior economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors under President Nixon. In 1985, Carter became the founding director of the newly created University of California Agricultural Issues Center (AIC), an institution for analyzing policy issues affecting California’s agriculture and natural resources. Under Carter’s leadership, AIC took on the most pressing issues of agriculture – water, pesticides, international trade, farm labor and farmland conversion. Widely influential, these early AIC studies served to set the facts and analysis standards to hold both sides in a policy debate accountable. He served as AIC director until his retirement in 1996.

Robert (Bob) G. Gast, director of MSU AgBioResearch (formerly Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station), 1983–95, and MSU’s vice president for Research and Graduate Studies, 1996–98, passed away June 8, 2010. Gast was a soil chemist who became a fellow in the American Society of Agronomy and several other professional societies. His obituary appeared in the Lansing State Journal (

Aslam Ghayur (M.S. 1970) passed away in Ontario, Canada, in 2010.

Annabel Lorraine Studebaker Larzelere was married to faculty member Henry Larzelere. The couple established the Henry and Annabel Larzelere Scholarship Fund for support of graduate students whose interests focus on management of agricultural cooperatives and related businesses. The fund was activated upon Henry Larzelere’s death. Over the years, the fund provided support to many qualified students. Mrs. Larzelere passed away on July 26, 2010; her obituary appeared in the Lansing State Journal (

Vernon L. Sorenson served as professor of agricultural economics, specializing in agricultural trade policy at MSU from 1953 to 1989. Initially focused on domestic agricultural issues, his emphasis later shifted to international teaching and research programs. Dr. Sorenson participated in major research efforts to determine the potential economic impact of European unity on U.S. agricultural exports. From 1977 to 1981, he served as assistant administrator for trade policy, Foreign Agricultural Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. He passed away on May 5, 2011. His obituary appeared in the Lansing State Journal (

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