The alumni association of West Virginia Universitys Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences recently honored three distinguished graduates at a spring banquet at the Pines Country Club. Recognized at the event were James Ash,53, Carl Polan,53 and Vivien Perrine Woofter,52.

James Ash Ash, of Alma, W.Va., served for 31 years as a teacher of agriculture and FFA advisor in Middlebourne, W.Va. During his career he received numerous state and national awards recognizing his talents and contributions to agricultural education. Following his retirement in 1989, he continued serving his community, county and state often on committees related to natural resource and agricultural education issues. His work in retirement led to further recognition, including the Carroll Green Award for soil conservation efforts.

Carl Polan Polan, of Blacksburg, Va., earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from WVU and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. In 1965, he joined the dairy science faculty of Virginia Tech, where he worked for 35 years. He taught, conducted research and advised graduate students in the field of ruminant nutrition and biochemistry. Polan trained 35 M.S. and Ph.D. candidates and published close to 100 research articles while at Virginia Tech. Professional and academic organizations recognized his achievements and dairy industry organizations honored his service to their trade. He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Vivien Perrine Woofter Woofter, of Washington, D.C., earned a B.S. at WVU and an M.S. at the University of Pittsburgh. Following additional studies at Harvard, she started a career as an interior designer with the federal government. She has been interior designer with the General Services Administration, head of interior design at the White House and currently serves as director of the Interior Planning and Design Division of Foreign Buildings Operations of the Department of State. She has been featured in House and Garden, Architectural Digest, Southern Accents and other national publications. She received an honorary doctorate of humane letters degrees from WVU in 1998 and an Outstanding Alumni Award from the WVU Alumni Association in 2001.

Woofter has served on the WVU Foundation Board since 1999

The association also welcomed two new honorary members to its ranks, non-graduates of the Davis College who have had significant contact with and made important contributions to college programs. This designation went to Reita Marks of Morgantown, a longtime WVU Extension employee and 4-H advisor, and Bill Slagle, owner and operator of Walnut Meadows Enterprises, an agroforestry concern in Bruceton Mills, W.Va.