College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences

In Memory Of

Dr. Roy Goss


The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences is saddened by the death of Dr. Roy L. Goss, a retired Washington State University turfgrass specialist and a generous contributor to students in the Turf Management major and to fundamental research in turfgrass science. He held three degrees from WSU (BS Agriculture ’50, B. of Education ’50, PhD Agriculture ’60) before his appointment as an extension specialist. Since 1958, Dr. Goss was instrumental in developing fertilizer management for golf courses and sports fields that minimized the use of fungicides and his research led to the use of sand as base material for golf greens and sports fields, greatly simplifying maintenance by improved drainage and durability. The practices he developed are considered the standards today. Many of these efforts have been widely recognized and adopted at the national and international level. The Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America (GCSA) and the U.S. Golf Association cited Dr. Goss as their 1988 Man of the Year for his contributions to golf course maintenance and development. He was honored with the GCSA Distinguished Service Award, the Pacific Seedsmen Association Man of the Year Award, the U.S. Golf Association’s Green Section Award, and the O.A. Vogel Faculty Award from Washington State University. The Northwest Turfgrass Association calls Dr. Goss the most influential and generous person in the history of their association and credits its existence today to his dedication and energy during the formative years and his long term financial support.

In 1988, Dr. Goss retired after dedicating 30 years to WSU but continued to have an impact on turf education, research, and outreach through his generosity. In his retirement year, he challenged the turf industry to donate toward education and research by offering to match contributions. Dr. Goss established the Roy L. Goss Endowment in 1987 to fund student travel to regional and national conferences and numerous scholarships for turf management majors. To honor his legacy, the turf research farm at the Puyallup Western Washington Research and Extension Center was named the R. L. Goss Research Farm. Roy and Marcella Goss strongly believed in supporting research and higher education and are, therefore, valued benefactors of Washington State University, the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, and the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. While we mourn his passing, we celebrate Dr. Goss’ lifelong contribution to turfgrass science, teaching, and extension. We have lost a dedicated family member. Link to Dr, Goss’ obituary


Dr. Lloyd Elliot, 1937-2015

Dr Elliott

Dr. Lloyd F. Elliott, age 78, of Brookings, died Sunday, July 19, 2015, at the Brookings Hospital. Memorial services will be 11:00 A.M. Mon., July 27 at Our Savior Lutheran Church. Visitations will be one hour prior to the service. Eidsness Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Lloyd was born on July 5, 1937, to Floren and Nellie Elliott. He was baptized, confirmed and grew up on a farm in Clear Lake, SD. Lloyd attended school in Clear Lake and went on to get his graduate degree at SDSU, Kansas State University, and Oregon State University.

Lloyd married Lorna Wiesner on June 8, 1958, and they had two children, Paul and Dawn.

Dr. Elliott spent his entire research career as a soil microbiologist with the United State Department of Agriculture. He was noted for his work on no-till seeding of crops into crop residues. His work on animal waste disposal and odor control is widely cited. Lloyd worked on and is noted for his work on surface applied organisms for weed control. In 1982, he was named as a distinguished soil scientist by United Kingdom research organization. In 2008, he was named as one of the most distinguished soil scientists in the world.

Lloyd loved to fish and hunt and did so as much as time allowed. Retirement gave him more time to pursue these hobbies.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother. Survivors include his wife, Lorna; son, Paul (Karen) of Keizer, OR; daughter, Dawn (Ray) of Bakersfield, CA; and grandchildren, Jacob Elliott and Alyssa Elliott of Grand Rapids, MI, Kayla Sanders (Charlie) of Oklahoma, and Alexandria Huff of Bakersfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Our Savior Lutheran Church.
Published in The Argus Leader on July 22, 2015

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