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7421 Somerset Rd.
Knoxville, TN
865-974-7997 facsimile

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Dr. Henry A. Fribourg
Emeritus Professor of Crop Ecology, University of Tennessee
7421 Somerset Road
Knoxville, TN 37909-2356, U.S.A.

Dr. Henry A. Fribourg
Department of Plant Sciences, University of Tennessee

Henry Fribourg

UT 1956-2001

Professor Emeritus of
Forage Crops Ecology

Ph.D., Iowa State University, 1954
M. S., Cornell University, 1951
B. S., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1949

Fellow, American Society of Agronomy
Fellow, Crop Science Society of America
National Merit Award, and Distinguished
Grasslander, American Forage and
Grassland Council

Ecology of crops in forage management systems. Utilization of endophyte infested and endophyte free tall fescue in forage systems for beef cattle and equines, and evaluation of non-toxic endophytes in tall fescue. Determination of causative agents for tall fescue toxicosis. Quantification of methane exhalations by ruminants. Management of summer annual grasses, Midland bermudagrass, other forage crops, and pasture renovation with legumes. Probability occurrences of climatic parameters and influence of soil characteristics and properties on crop plant performance.

All these grazing and agronomic field experiments and laboratory studies in cooperation with colleagues in Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, and Entomology and Plant Pathology.

Over 430 scientific papers, books and book chapters, grant and other reports.

Graduate level courses in: Ecology of Grazing Land Systems; Special Topics in Crop Physiology and Ecology; Forage Crops and their Management; Experimental Designs; Research Planning

Ph.D.                Iowa State University, Ames, IA        1954    Crop Ecology & Soil Management
M.S.                Cornell University, Ithaca, NY            1951    Crop Production & Plant Breeding
B.S.                 University of Wisconsin, Madison      1949    Agronomy & Soils

He joined the university in 1956 as assistant professor in agronomy. He taught graduate courses for more than 30 years. When a doctoral program was developed in PSS in the 1960s, Henry developed the graduate courses in crop ecology, crop climatology and advanced research planning. He was a Fulbright Lecturer at Ataturk University in Erzurum, Turkey. He has lectured at the Institut Superieur d'Agriculture, Polytechnicum de Lille, france and advised on US-AID projects in Guinea and Cape Verde

He received the highest honor given a UT faculty member when he was named Macebearer in 1974. He received the Chancellor's research Scholar merit award and the Gamma Sigma Delta award of Merit for research.

Dr. Fribourg retired June 30, 2001 after 44 years with UT. He is married to Claudia and they have two children, Daniel and Renee.

After his retirement and with a former student at another institution, he edited the first online monograph in agronomy, the Tall Fescue On Line Monograph (TFOLM), gathering over fifty authors and colleagues worldwide for this 3-year effort. In 2004 through 2009, he was senior co-editor of Agronomy Monograph 53, Tall Fescue for the Twenty-first Century, and of its online version. In 2002, he co-edited the Country Pasture/Forage Resources Profile for the United States of America in the online book published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, with 27 contributing authors. Henry also continued his avocation of family genealogist, published his autobiographical memoir I Gave You Life Twice, sorted through his extensive colored slide, photographic print, and stamp collections, and continued his exploration of the world. In 2012, he was invited to join an USDA advisory panel on Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) for Regional Coordinated Agriculture Projects (CAP).

Fribourg, H. 2013. ESCAPE TO FREEDOM A Story of Survival, Dreams, Betrayals, and Accomplishments. Amazon Kindle e-book.

Escape to Freedom is the autobiographical memoir of a 12-year old French Jewish boy who with his parents, sister and baby brother, escaped from occupied Europe in January 1942, one month after Pearl Harbor. He relates surviving three machine-gun strafings by a German fighter pilot, the walk of his soldier father most of the way across France, and the flight of his pregnant mother and sister with him to escape the German Panzers during the invasion of France in 1940. He describes the life in Vichy France and North Africa, and his expulsion from school; how it felt when the neutral ship on which he was sailing on the way to refuge in Cuba was stopped by a U-boat mid-way across the Atlantic; his learning Spanish and English the hard way; the murder of his grandparents – and the life his family created in the US after WW II. This tale is a fascinating story of fortuitous luck and dogged determination to survive and create a fulfilling new life in America. Throughout his book, he reminds his readers to not forget, but remember the events in Europe from 1933 through 1945.

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            Dr. Henry A. Fribourg                                  Telephone:  (865) 560-1247
            7421 Somerset Road                                  e-mail:
            Knoxville, TN 37909, U.S.A.