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Elza Monroe Cralley

Elza Monroe Cralley, American agricultural educator. Member Alpha Zeta, Gamma Sigma Delta.; Club: Rotary.


  • Cralley, Elza Monroe was born on November 20, 1905 in Carmi, Illinois, United States. Son of John W. and Martha (Jones) Cralley.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, McKendree College, 1928. Doctor of Philosophy., University Wisconsin, 1931.


    • Assistant department botany University Wisconsin, 1928-1931. Successively instructor, assistant professor, associate professor department plant pathology University Arkansas, 1931-1946, professor, 1948-1952, professor, 1953-1972, professor emeritus, since 1973, head department, 1953-1959. Director Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, 1959-1972.

      Pathologist United States Military Government, Korea, 1947, Point 4 Program, Panama, 1952. Consultant pathologist, Cuba, 1955, Ford Foundation, India, 1959. Exhibited landscapes in local and regional shows, since 1973.

      Represented in private permanent collections. Named Arkansas Man of Year, Progressive Farmer, 1970.


    • Author: Distant Horizons, 1983. Featured in book A Fine Age, Creativity as a Key to Successful Aging, 1984. Contributor articles to science journals.


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    Member Alpha Zeta, Gamma Sigma Delta. Club: Rotary.


    • Married Cleda Ann Renner, February 5, 1930. Children– Barbara Ann (Mistress Roy Shaw), Patricia Sue (Mistress Philip E. Duncan).
    • father: John W. Cralley
    • mother: Martha (Jones) Cralley
    • spouse: Cleda Ann Renner
    • children: Barbara Ann Cralley (Mistress Roy Shaw)
    • Patricia Sue Cralley (Mistress Philip E. Duncan)
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    Born November 20, 1905