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Ohio State Ag Alumni Honor Long-time Leading Turkey Researcher

April 5, 2007

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A leading turkey genetics researcher, with roots in West Virginia and a long, successful career in Ohio, has received a 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award from Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Karl E. Nestor, who earned his doctorate in poultry genetics from Ohio State in 1964 then worked for the university’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) from 1965 until his retirement in 2001, was honored for his achievements in improving turkey breeding lines, specifically in the areas of body weight, growth rate, walking ability and disease resistance.

Turkey lines that Nestor developed remain in high demand for use in research studies around the world.

Nestor joined OARDC as an assistant instructor in 1965, became assistant professor in 1966, associate professor in 1970 and professor in 1978, and also served as department associate chair.

The Nestorville, W.Va., native was selected a fellow of the Poultry Science Association in 1992 and has previously received the 1993 OARDC Senior Faculty Research Award, the 1988 Merck Award for Achievement in Poultry Science, the 1987 Gamma Sigma Delta Research Award of Merit, the 1976 National Turkey Federation Research Award and the Ohio Poultry Association Meritorious Service Award. He has served in editorial roles with the Poultry Science Journal since 1981, including a tenure as editor-in-chief.

He earned a master’s degree in poulty genetics in 1961 and a bachelor’s degree in poultry science in 1959, both at West Virginia University.

A resident of Wooster, where he lives with his wife, Rose, Nestor was a founder and leader of the Triway Little League Baseball System, in which he coached for 13 years.

The award was presented during the college’s 2007 alumni awards program last month in Columbus.

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