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educator , Marketing and technical consultant

John William Megown, American Marketing and technical consultant, educator.


Megown, John William was born on April 27, 1931 in New London, Missouri, United States. Son of William P. and Fannie (Palmer) Megown.


Associate Science, Hannibal-LaGrange College, 1951. Bachelor of Arts Missouri, 1953. Master of Science, University Missouri, 1955.

Master of Science, Chicago Grain Exchange Institute, 1956. Postgraduate, Northwestern University, 1957.


Animal nutritionist, Moorman Manufacturing Company, Quincy, Illinois, 1955; associate biologist, Hales & Hunter Company, Chicago, 1955-1956; assistant coordinator research and sales, Peter Hand Foundation, Chicago, 1956-1959; manager nutritional services, Morton Salt Company, Chicago, 1959-1967; product manager custom private agricultural salt and mineral products, Morton Salt Company, Chicago, 1963-1967; director agricultural college relations program, Morton Salt Company, Chicago, 1964-1967; manager research committee, Allied Mills, Inc., Chicago, 1967-1968; assistant vice president, public relations director, Vigortone Ag Products division Beatrice Foods Company, Cedar Rapids, Iowa., 1968-1970; vice-president, director committee, Vigortone Ag Products division Beatrice Foods Company, Cedar Rapids, Iowa., 1970-1972; vice-president, director marketing public affairs, Vigortone Ag Products division Beatrice Foods Company, Cedar Rapids, Iowa., 1972-1977; vice president public affairs and governmental relations, Vigortone Ag Products division Beatrice Foods Company, Cedar Rapids, Iowa., 1977-1980; also board directors, Vigortone Ag Products division Beatrice Foods Company, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. secretary, director resources development, director, Agricultural Fuel Development Corporation, Milwaukee, 1981-1983; president, Chief Executive Officer, Possibilities Inc., Davenport, Iowa., 1980-1981; general manager, Farm Fuel and Feed division McCrabb Manufacturing, Inc., West Liberty, Iowa., 1981-1982; corporation marketing advisor, S.A. Clarke & Associations division Clyde Industries, Ltd., 1981; president, Megown & Associations, Marion, Iowa., 1980-1988, 90-92; director marketing, Nelson Manufacturing Company, Cedar Rapids, 1983-1985; assistant to president, Vigortone Products, Inc., Cedar Rapids, 1985-1986; executive vice president, Professional Business Superior vena cava syndrome Corporation, Cedar Rapids, 1987-1988; supervisor telemarketing sales, Iowa Farmer Today, Cedar Rapids, 1988; faculty member, Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, 1988-1992; television newscast analyst, Frank N. Magid Associations, Cedar Rapids, 1989-1990. Radio commentator Food for Thought, 1978-1980, Speaking Out, 1980-1981. Executive vice president Farm Care United States of America, 1986-1988.

Vice chairman National Agricultural Comm. Board,1972-1973; national coordinator Public Affairs Council for American Agriculture, 1969-1970. Chairman.Cedar Rapids Agricultural Executive's Forum, 1969-1970.

Member Agribus, Coordinating Group, USDA, 1969-1971, Governor Iowa Agriculture Promotion Board, 1970-1981, chairman,1971-1981. Member agriculture-technical advising committee for trade in grain and feed USDA,1983-1986. Visiting professor agri-business Coe College, 1980.

Member Curtis-Mahon Congressional Study Committee, 1971-1972. Member of national cattle industry advising committee USDA, 1976-1977. Member agriculture business advising committee Joliet Junior College, 1966-1970.

Member Coun.Agr. and Science Technology, 1973-1990. Member of advisory committee Center for Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration, 1984-1986. Special consultant Department of Health and Human Services, 1984-1987.


Active Cedar Rapids Young Men’s Christian Association. Member-at-large Hawkeye Area council Boy Scouts American, 1969-1972, member district committee, 1983-1989. Member Linn County Rural Development Committee, 1971-1985.

Chairman parents advisory council Mount Mercy College, 1981-1983. Iowa chairman National Future Farmers American Foundation, 1970. Honorary chapter farmer Linn-Mar chapter, 1980.

Member Republican National Agriculture and Food Committee, 1968. Board directors Rolling Meadows (Illinois) Community Chest, 1968, Cedar Rapids Junior Achievement, 1972-1973, Self Help Inc., Waverly, Iowa, 1976-1977. Trustee Livestock Industry Institute, 1977-1988.

Member technical advisory committee Landmark Legal Foundation, 1979-1988. Member Iowa Governor's Committee for Employment of the Handicapped. Colonel Iowa National Guard.

Aide Governor Iowa military staff. Member National Feed Ingredients Association (director 1966-1972, public relations director 1966-1969, 1st vice president 1969-1970, president, Chief Executive Officer 1970-1971, Essential Ingredient award 1978), Future Farmers American Alumni Association, Animal Nutrition Research Council, Agricultural Relations Council, National Agricultural-Marketing Association (Iowa Farm Marketing Man of Year 1975, special citation for radio commentaries Iowa chapter 1979), Iowa Corn Growers Association, Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce (executive committee agriculture bureau 1969-1986, congressional action committee 1972-1976), National Eagle Scout Association, Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Phi Omega. Clubs: Eastern Iowa Advertising Federation, Cedar Rapids Grain and Feed, Elmcrest Country.

Capitol Hill (Washington). Lodges: Rotary (past president), Elks.


Married Dorothy Astrid Wiebust, April 6, 1957. 1 child, Jeffrey William.

William P. Megown

Fannie (Palmer) Megown

Dorothy Astrid Wiebust

Jeffrey William Megown