BATON ROUGE AREA
The LSU Alumni Association has inducted into its Hall of Distinction Alumnus of the Year Roger W. Jenkins, president and chief executive officer of Murphy Oil Corp.; Young Alumnus of the Year Mario Julien Garner, senior vice president and chief executive officer of Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital; Sidney E. Fuchs, of Oak Hill, Virginia, president and chief executive officer of MacAulay-Brown Inc.; Bernette Joshua Johnson, of New Orleans, chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court; and Frank P. Simoneaux, of Baton Rouge, lawyer and former state Cabinet secretary and speaker pro tempore.
Charlie Johnson, professor emeritus of horticulture in the LSU Agricultural Center’s School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences, has been awarded life membership in the Louisiana State Horticulture Society.
Johnson served on the AgCenter faculty from 1980 until his retirement in October.
His career focused on developing fruit varieties, including several peaches, and he also developed some of the first watermelon varieties to have disease resistance. Johnson also resurrected the AgCenter fig program.
Johnson’s most recent research has been in breeding ornamental plants.
NEW ORLEANS AREA
Charley Richard, executive vice president and managing director for the Sugar Processing Research Institute, received the 2016 American Sugar Cane League President’s Award.
Richard, a Thibodaux native, worked in the LSU sugar cane breeding program before taking a position with the league as a field agronomist in 1977 and in 1985 became research director.
He is the owner of C. Richard and Associates, a research organization that works in agronomy, processing and energy production in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guyana and Belize.
The Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction will induct Willie Cooper, of Pineville, Ruben John Dauzat, of Marksville, and posthumously Raymond Hensgens, of Crowley.
Cooper is being honored for his contributions to the agribusiness community.
He served 42 years as state executive director of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, which later merged with other agencies to form the Farm Service Agency.
Dauzat is being honored for his role in agricultural production. He was named outstanding master farmer in 2014 under the Louisiana Master Farmer program.
Hensgens is being honored for his contributions to rice farming. Hensgens was a founding partner in G&H Seed, which was acquired in 2012 by farm supplier Jimmy Sanders Inc.
A banquet will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at L’Auberge Hotel in Baton Rouge.