Sixteen individuals were inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame during a special ceremony on last month at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center. Each inductee was honored for his or her lifetime achievements and contributions to 4-H.

The National 4-H Hall of Fame Class of 2013 laureates were recognized for excellence in citizenship, leadership, character and career accomplishments. Honorees were: Susan Barkman, National 4-H Association of Extension Agents (NAE4-HA); Nancy H. Bull, Connecticut; Duane Duncan, Pennsylvania; Raymond C. Firestone, National 4-H Council; Steven D. Fisher, Kansas; Virgie B. Foreman, Louisiana; George S. Foster, Tennessee; Dr. Virginia Gobeli, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)/4-H National Headquarters; Dr. Janet Hiller, Washington; Larry L. Krug, National  4-H Council; Dr. Merl E. Miller, Oklahoma; Dr. Roger Coleman (Bo) Ryles, Georgia; Wayne Clifford Schroeder, Wisconsin; Myrtle N. Walgreen, National 4-H Council; Dr. Linda Webb, NAE4-HA; and Sharon (Sherri) K.B. Wright, National Institute of Food and Agriculture/4-H National Headquarters.

Raymond C. Firestone and Myrtle N. Walgreen were posthumously inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame for their lifetime achievements and contributions to 4-H.

Mr. Firestone served on the Board of Directors of the National 4-H Service Committee from 1953 to 1976 and was vice chairman for several years. He was the prime impetus behind Firestone’s ground-breaking, major financial contribution to the expansion of the National 4-H Center in the early 1970s. His personal and dedicated leadership as a member of the National 4-H Advisory Council resulted in Firestone Hall, one of the expanded and enhanced dormitories on the renovated campus, which now houses and serves thousands of 4-H and other youth organizations and leadership groups each year.

Mr. Firestone’s personal and long-term commitment to 4-H is further exemplified by his creation and contributions to the Raymond C. Firestone 4-H Leadership Fund at the National 4-H Council, which promotes the advancement of citizenship and leadership activities around the country through 4-H. His estate continues to support this fund.

Mrs. Walgreen was a true pioneer in private-sector support to 4-H, and was the first woman to serve on the National 4-H Service Committee Board in 1958. As the first individual to finance an awards program in a national 4-H project area, Mrs. Walgreen sponsored the Beautification of Home Grounds 4-H project from 1937 to 1962. In 1962, she was presented with the National 4-H Donor Merit Award for her 25 years of personal support of the Beautification of Home Grounds Project by Chris Christensen, then president of the National 4-H Service Committee.

“We are proud to honor and recognize the outstanding individuals who are the Class of 2013 laureates for the National 4-H Hall of Fame,” said Jeannette Rea-Keywood, chair of the National 4-H Hall of Fame. “These individuals have touched the lives of many people, from 4-H staff and colleagues to thousands of 4-H volunteers and young people throughout the nation."

National 4-H Hall of Fame laureates were nominated by their home states, National 4-H Council, the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents, or 4-H National Headquarters of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) – USDA. Nominations are based upon their exceptional leadership at the local, state, national and international levels. The honorees were presented with a National 4-H Hall of Fame medallion, plaque and memory book during the ceremony.