Cunningham named to National 4-H Hall of Fame

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COLUMBUS — Clarence Cunningham of Hilliard, Ohio, will be honored at an enshrinement ceremony Oct. 9 at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Cunningham is an Ohio 4-H Foundation board member and alum of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in agricultural education from Ohio State, where he taught as a professor for CFAES and for Ohio State University Extension from 1957 to 1988.

After his retirement as associate director of Extension, Cunningham became a professor emeritus and has served as a longtime volunteer for 4-H and the Ohio 4-H Foundation, where he worked on the steering committee to raise $16.5 million to fund construction of Ohio State’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

Cunningham also established an endowment that creates scholarships and 4-H leadership awards.

”I think that has been a significant thing that I had the opportunity to influence the lives of many of our 4-H leaders not only in Ohio but across the country,” Cunningham said.

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