Professor Homer S. Swingle
| Professor Homer S. Swingle
HOMER SCOTT SWINGLE
Not many fishermen s t a r t on an ordinary fishing t r i p i n the morning and find themselves working t o feed millions of hungry people i n the evening. Homer Scott Swingle did exactly t h a t . In the morning of h i s f i s h e r i e s career t h a t began at Auburn i n 1934, he searched for methods to create good "fishing holes" i n Alabama where there were none; i n the evening, he sought ways t o put f i s h i n the d i e t s of protein-hungry people around the world.
Much of Swingle's early research at Auburn was i n cooperation with E. V. Smith, Dean and Director Emeritus. This team pioneered
i n the use of s m a l l earthen ponds as "test tubes" or plots, and
made s i g n i f i c a n t findings concerning pond construction and management, f i s h population dynamics, and b i o l o g i c a l p e s t control.
While working on pond management f o r s p o r t f i s h i n g , Swingle became i n t e r e s t e d i n producing f i s h i n ponds as a food crop. H i s contributions t o the development of aquaculture as a means of food production gave him worldwide fame. He served as a f i s h e r i e s consultant to the Governments of I s r a e l and Thailand in 1957 and India i n 1961, was the U.S. pond f i s hc u l t u r e representative t o t h e P a c i f i c Science Congress, and gave leadership t o many foreign
f i s h e r i e s meetings and programs. He was a member of President Lyndon B. Johnson's Panel of S p e c i a l i s t s of Food for Peace i n Vietnam i n 1966.
The United States Agency f o r International Development began contracts with Auburn i n 1967 largely because of Swingle's i n t ernational expertise. A 211-d I n s t i t u t i o n Development Grant i n Aquacultures and Fisheries t o the University i n 1970 provided for Auburn projects i n Brazil, E l Salvador, Panama, the Philippines,
Swingle's contributions t o teaching are equally important. People came from a l l over the world t o study h i s methods and he taught them w e l l , regardless of t h e i r level of learning. He also pioneered formal f i s h e r i e s i n s t r u c t i o n . From rather humble beginnings i n the l a t e 1940's, Swingle developed a highly regarded undergraduate and graduate teaching program. Numerous awards and c i t a ti ons came to Swingle i n recognition f o r h i s contributions. These included the U.S. Department of Conservation Award i n 1951, Man of the Year i n Southern Agriculture i n 1958, and Governor's Conservation Award i n 1960. He was named the first head of the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures and Director of the International Center for Aquaculture i n 1970.
D r . Swingle was an active participant i n the World Mariculture Society. He gave the keynote address a t the 1972 Workshop i n S t . Petersburg, Florida and was elected honorary member.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Swingle studied agriculture a t Ohio State University and received the M.S. i n entomology i n 1925. H i s Alma Mater bestowed the D.Sc. (honorary) on him i n 1958.
Dr. Swingle married Catherine Hurtt, also of Columbus, Ohio, October 14, 1925. Children are daughters, Mrs. Lois Swingle Pierce, Auburn; Mrs. Jean Swingle Cunningham, Nashville, Tennessee;
and sons, Dr. Roger L. Swingle, Athens, Georgia; Mr. Wayne Swingle and Mr. Hugh A. Swingle, Dauphin Island, Alabama. One son is deceased.
Swingle was born July 29, 1902. He was 70 years old a t the t i m e of his death on May 20, 1973
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