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Thomas E. Berry Professorship

TEBProf_all-72dpi.jpg (Pictured l-r: OSU President, Burns Hargis; former Water Center Director, David Engle; former DASNR Dean, Robert Whitson; Malinda Berry Fischer; and Dick Fischer)

The Thomas E. Berry Professorship in Integrated Water Research and Management was created by Malinda Berry Fischer and Dick Fischer, Thomas E. Berry’s daughter and son-in-law to honor the water conservation efforts and water interests of Mr. Berry. This endowed professorship in the Oklahoma Water Resources Center will focus on sustaining Oklahoma’s water supply by helping producers, land owners, and the public make informed and beneficial decisions about water use and management.

Thomas E. Berry, a native of Ripley, Oklahoma, was known as “Wildcatter” Berry because he drilled for oil where the big companies would not. But his vision extended beyond the oil fields to the crop fields. He was a pioneer in using municipal wastewater treatment effluent to water crop fields, buying rights to treated wastewater from the Stillwater water treatment facility. Mr. Berry believed treated wastewater could be good for crops, and he was right. He had some of the thickest grass in Payne County and prolific vegetable gardens in an experiment called the “Honey Hole,” which consisted of collecting, transporting, and storing the effluent in 3 ponds before irrigating crops with it. Well before “conservation” was a trendy term, Thomas E. Berry was practicing just that—water conservation.

The Oklahoma Water Resources Center (Water Center) announces the Thomas E. Berry Faculty Fellows Program in Integrated Water Research and Management. The fellows program will recognize Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (DASNR) faculty, Extension educators, and district specialists who are making outstanding contributions in research, Extension, and/or education.

Interesting Read: Dick and Malinda Berry Fischer celebrated by Oklahoma State (10/21/2016)

2016 DASNR Champions

“Like so many couples, their strengths and passions complement one another. Dick is incredibly analytical, I don't know if that's his nature or his legal training or a combination of the two, but if you say the devil is in the details, Dick will make sure that the details are right. Malinda, on the other hand, is very gifted as a leader. She has run her own business for decades, but she's very passionate about certain subjects.” —Kirk Jewell, OSU Foundation president.

Malinda Berry Fischer - 2012 OSU Alumni Hall of Fame

Malinda Berry Fischer was inducted into the OSU Alumni Hall of Fame on February 17, 2012, at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.

This video celebrates the contribution of the Fischers and Malinda Berry Fischer's strong ties to OSU.