Edward Richards to be honored at Potomac State

Potomac State College of West Virginia University will recognize four individuals during Homecoming festivities this fall. Edward Richards, Ph.D. is among those being honored at the awards banquet on October 12th with the Alumni Achievement Award.  

Richards is a West Virginia native and graduate of Potomac State College (Class of ‘53), West Virginia University (WVU), and The Ohio State University where he received his Ph.D. in agronomy in 1961.

Edward Richards, Ph.D.
Edward Richards, Ph.D.

Dr. Richards served as a research and technical service agronomist for 22 years with the International Minerals and Chemical Co., Continental Oil Co., Olin Corp., Smith-Douglass Div. Bordens, Inc., and Sohio Chemical Co.

He then became director of the Southeast Research and Extension Center at the University of Arkansas and head of the Department of Agriculture at the Monticello campus.  Dr. Richards was one of the first twenty individuals to be certified as a professional soil scientist and agronomist. He was later appointed to the certifying board, serving twice as chairman.

Dr. Richards is the author of numerous technical articles and books. He received the American Society Agronomy's Crop and Soil Award for Excellence in agricultural journalism, was listed in Who's Who in the Midwest and in American Men and Women of Science. 

In 2009, he published “Cows, Classes & Co-Eds,” a depiction of his experiences which centered around the Potomac State farm, his classes and the camaraderie he shared with faculty and classmates at the College.  He was a charter member of Circle K Clubs at both Potomac State and WVU.

In addition to his professional contributions, Dr. Richards was active in the community as a coach, athletic official, church leader, and political advocate.

He resides in Marshall, Mo. with his wife, Patricia Ann (Royster), who is also a native of West Virginia and a graduate of Glenville State College.

Reservations must be made for the awards banquet which is being held in the Davis Conference Center on the campus of Potomac State. Social Hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. The cost of the dinner is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Please RSVP by October 4 by contacting Libby Nichols in the Alumni Office at 1-800-262-7332 extension 6870 or 304-788-6870 or at lmnichols@mail.wvu.edu .