Longtime Cal Poly Pomona professor of agronomy Roy Lieb passed away March 7.
“Roy was instrumental in turning the Kellogg Ranch into a working instructional farm for students, laying out many of the fields and pastures still in operation today,” says longtime friend and colleague Dan Hostetler. “He was an advisor extraordinaire, mentoring over 700 agronomy students who are industry leaders today.”
Lieb served as an advisor to the Los Rancheros Club and participated in every student activity imaginable from softball games to beach excursions to picnics. In 1969, he was voted teacher of the year for the university.
Lieb attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with classmates Henry House and Bob Procsal, both of whom also went on to teach at Cal Poly Pomona. During his college days, Lieb was the student body vice president and a resident at the dairy unit. After service in the Navy, he returned to the family dairy in Corona and was hired by Cal Poly Pomona in 1955 as a professor of agronomy and farm manager.
He retired a professor emeritus in 1980.
Services were Friday, March 14 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Covina. His family is establishing a memorial scholarship in his name via the Plant Science Department in the College of Agriculture. Call (909) 869-2189 for more information.