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OBITUARY

Dr. Perry L. Adkisson

March 11, 1929June 25, 2020
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After a lengthy illness, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Perry Adkisson, passed away peacefully June 25, 2020 at the age of 91.

Perry, the second of two children, was born on March 11, 1929 to Robert (Luby) and Imogene Adkisson on his family’s cotton/soybean farm in Blytheville, Arkansas. He attended Armorel High School where he graduated valedictorian of his class of six.

He completed a B.S. Degree at the University of Arkansas in Agriculture in 1950. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951 during the Korean Conflict and was discharged in 1953. He immediately enrolled in the University of Arkansas again and earned a M.S Degree in Agronomy in 1954. He earned a Ph.D. in entomology in 1956 from Kansas State University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. He received a Doctor of Letters from Texas A&M in 2001 for his work in integrated pest management (IPM). He held the faculty rank of Chancellor Emeritus and Distinguished Professor-Emeritus. After a short stint at the University of Missouri, he joined the faculty of Texas A&M University’s entomology department in 1958, later serving as department head, deputy chancellor, and vice president for agriculture and renewable resources before being named Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System (1986-1990). Dr. Adkisson is the first person to be honored with all three of the world’s major prizes in Agriculture—Alexander von Humboldt Award, Wolf Prize, and World Food Prize. He was instrumental in developing what is now known as integrated pest management. Perry was a past President and Fellow of the Entomological Society of America and an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences. He served as Executive Director of the George H. W. Bush Library Foundation after retiring as chancellor. During his career, Perry received 27 honors and gave 75 lectures. He served as a member or chairman of 39 committees including a Congressional appointment to the National Science Board of the National Sciences Foundation. He authored or coauthored 201 scholarly articles. Perry loved spending time with his family, gardening (especially tomatoes), traveling, and fishing with Mike, Don, and Bob.

Perry leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife of 22 years, Gloria R. Adkisson of Bryan and one daughter Amanda Adkisson and husband Bill Crockford of College Station. He also leaves behind two stepchildren, Melissa Ray and Michael Ray and wife Brandy Ray and four grandchildren, Sara, Nathan, Madison, and Brooklyn, all of Benton, Arkansas; four nephews, Jimmy Adkisson of Blytheville, Arkansas, Brian Perry and wife Faith of Castle Rock, Colorado, Scott Perry and wife Janice, and Logan Perry; two nieces, Kim Dyson and husband Tony of Bryan, Texas and Diane Ward and husband Colin of Clinton, Tennessee.

Perry is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 39 years Frances Adkisson, and his brother Jack Adkisson and wife Opal Adkisson.

The family wishes to thank Dr. David Hackethorn and Crestview Skilled Nursing for Perry’s excellent care.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice Brazos Valley, Brazos Valley Food Bank, or St. Jude’s.

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Gay and Dr. Sam Hargis

July 3, 2020

Wonderful memories !

Sending much love !
Gay and Sam Hargis
McAllen, Texas
(Wayne A. Showers family)

Marcetta Darensbourg

July 3, 2020

My condolences to the family of Professor Perry Adkisson, particularly to my good friend Amanda, his daughter. She brought Dr. Adkisson out to our horse farm years ago. I could tell that he wasn't real impressed with our pasture management--which was limited to occasionally mow--however he was kind and considerate in his advice. He a Wolf Prize recipient, doubtlessly a candidate for the Nobel prize --giving advice to a completely clueless "farmer". Chancellor Adkisson had a mild demeanor, but it was clear that he was a real Mensch. A giver in the University setting, not a taker. Over all of his career he was dedicated to a standard of excellence whose leadership in agricultural and entomological research impacted the planet. What a legacy! May he rest in peace.

Ralph Wilson

July 3, 2020

Dear Amanda and Gloria, Sally and I are so sorry for your loss of Perry. You all are in our prayers and have our deepest sympathy. That photo is how we remember him. I used to make Perry and Francis homemade ice cream when they visited Osceola, and we visited them in College Station three times over the years. They were so friendly and hospitable. They were both such dear friends. Perry was named Outstanding Alumnus of the University of Arkansas while I was on the Alumni board. That made all of us proud. May your faith and fond memories of Perry sustain you all in this difficult time. Again, we are so sorry. Sincerely, Ralph and Sally Wilson

Michelle Hart

July 3, 2020

Dear Gloria, I was saddened to hear of Perry and am so sorry. From the pictures, it looked like you had a wonderful life together. I send you comfort and peace.

Michelle Hart

Ruth Perez

July 3, 2020

We never had the honor of meeting Dr. Perry Adkisson, but my husband and I am grateful for his dedication to education, entomology, and the eradication of the Boll Weevil for our Texas Cotton farmers.

My husband is an A&M graduate and both of our children studied entomology as homeschoolers and attended many A&M hosted events with 4H.

Our son in law, Peter Lambert owns Software Builders Cotton and works closely with the cotton farmers and gin owners. Dr. Adkisson’s work to save the Texas Cotton Industry so many years ago, has had a direct impact on his ability to work within this market.

My daughter and son in law adopted a little boy seven years ago and named him Perry. Right now he is out catching bugs but some day we will sit down with our little Perry to tell him all about another Perry, Dr. Perry Adkisson and his work and how he blessed our family for three generations and never even met us.

Praying God will comfort you during this time.

God bless you,
Ruth and Gavino Perez

Ed Hiler

July 1, 2020

Perry Adkisson was a great man. He was the best strategic thinker (and doer) that I have ever encountered. His contributions to Texas A&M and the world are legendary. He is greatly missed.

Donna Meyer

July 1, 2020

Amanda,
These are all such wonderful memories of your dad. I too remember that twinkle in his eye! I appreciate hearing more what was behind that quiet demeanor he always had when he came around the farm when we were riding. I always thought his brain never stopped and he was on to his next mission! He was passionate as you are and achieved a heck of a lot. It explains your drive and how hard you worked at your career too, He is proud of you and all you do, Prayers for his legacy to continue on.

Janet Fanguy

June 30, 2020

Amanda, I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm sure our parents are visiting in Heaven. I remember them laughing and having so much fun when they got together. Dad respected Perry so much and Mom loved spending time with Francis. Your dad was such a great man. He always had a "twinkle" in his eye. I know that sounds weird, but I remember his smile and "twinkle". I also remember him reading to me when I was very young. I'm pretty sure he had no choice, since I probably handed him a book and demanded he read it to me...LOL I think I was 6, possibly 7. It's something that always stuck in my head. Sending you lots of hugs.

Leslie Stevens

June 29, 2020

Amanda, my sincere sympathy to you and your family on the loss of Dr. Adkisson. From the time you and I met in the mid-70s via horses, an occasional class with you through the years, and finally being able to assist Perry during his time as Chancellor, I have known that you and your family are special. My husband, Robert (dec 2018), really enjoyed flying your Dad wherever his duties took him. They shared a number of interests and were able to trade stories while waiting for the weather to clear enough to safely fly. I remember one trip where your Dad needed to get to Dallas but the weather was not going to cooperate. The three of us watched the radar and looked at the Texas map and decided that the only way to get to Dallas was via San Angelo, Oklahoma and then south into Dallas. Made for a long day but his patience was muchly appreciated while Robert worked out a way to get him there. Peace be with you and your family.

Jim Ellison

June 28, 2020

Perry was such a great, thoughtful, kind, and considerate man. I was fortunate to be able to experience each of them.
Being involved in several committees and councils at A & M for many years, Perry, took this greenhouse grower from Brenham under his wing and led me to understand and, hopefully, be effective in my involvement at A & M agriculture department.
He even came to Brenham several times to visit.
Even though I hadn’t seen him for awhile. I still miss him.
My sincere condolences to his family.
Jim Ellison
Ellison Greenhouses
Brenhan, Tx

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Biography

After a lengthy illness, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Perry Adkisson, passed away peacefully June 25, 2020 at the age of 91.

Perry, the second of two children, was born on March 11, 1929 to Robert (Luby) and Imogene Adkisson on his family’s cotton/soybean farm in Blytheville, Arkansas. He attended Armorel High School where he graduated valedictorian of his class of six.

He completed a B.S. Degree at the University of Arkansas in Agriculture in 1950. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951 during the Korean Conflict and was discharged in 1953. He immediately enrolled in the University of Arkansas again and earned a M.S Degree in Agronomy in 1954. He earned a Ph.D. in entomology in 1956 from Kansas State University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. He received a Doctor of Letters from Texas A&M in 2001 for his work in integrated pest management (IPM). He held the faculty rank of Chancellor Emeritus and Distinguished Professor-Emeritus.
After a short stint at the University of Missouri, he joined the faculty of Texas A&M University’s entomology department in 1958, later serving as department head, deputy chancellor, and vice president for agriculture and renewable resources before being named Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System (1986-1990). Dr. Adkisson is the first person to be honored with all three of the world’s major prizes in Agriculture—Alexander von Humboldt Award, Wolf Prize, and World Food Prize. He was instrumental in developing what is now known as integrated pest management. Perry was a past President and Fellow of the Entomological Society of America and an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences. He served as Executive Director of the George H. W. Bush Library Foundation after retiring as chancellor.
During his career, Perry received 27 honors and gave 75 lectures. He served as a member or chairman of 39 committees including a Congressional appointment to the National Science Board of the National Sciences Foundation. He authored or coauthored 201 scholarly articles.
Perry loved spending time with his family, gardening (especially tomatoes), traveling, and fishing with Mike, Don, and Bob.

Perry leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife of 22 years, Gloria R. Adkisson of Bryan and one daughter Amanda Adkisson and husband Bill Crockford of College Station. He also leaves behind two stepchildren, Melissa Ray and Michael Ray and wife Brandy Ray and four grandchildren, Sara, Nathan, Madison, and Brooklyn, all of Benton, Arkansas; four nephews, Jimmy Adkisson of Blytheville, Arkansas, Brian Perry and wife Faith of Castle Rock, Colorado, Scott Perry and wife Janice, and Logan Perry; two nieces, Kim Dyson and husband Tony of Bryan, Texas and Diane Ward and husband Colin of Clinton, Tennessee.

Perry is preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 39 years Frances Adkisson, and his brother Jack Adkisson and wife Opal Adkisson.

The family wishes to thank Dr. David Hackethorn and Crestview Skilled Nursing for Perry’s excellent care.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice Brazos Valley, Brazos Valley Food Bank, or St. Jude’s.