Dr. August M. Gorenz
Dr. August M. Gorenz received a B.S. degree in botany in 1940 with a minor in zoology, mathematics from NIU. He earned a master’s and doctorate in plant pathology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1942 and 1948. His advanced work focused on botany, chemistry and plant pathology for his Ph.D. From 1948 up to his retirement from USAid in 1971, Dr. Gorenz worked as a plant pathologist in the tropics- Mexico, the Amazon, Nicaragua, Liberia, Ghana and Nigeria. His last official position for the government was head of the Plant Pathology Division of the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria.