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Hyde Spencer Jacobs

Hyde Spencer Jacobs Hyde S. Jacobs, Ph.D., age 90, of Manhattan, died September 8, 2016, at Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan.

He was born May 15, 1926, in Declo, Idaho, the son of Rex H. and Clare (McHale) Jacobs.

Dr. Jacobs earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Idaho in 1952 and 1954, respectively, and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1957. He joined Kansas State University as Assistant Professor of Agronomy and, subsequently, directed the Kansas Water Resources Research Institute and Kansas Evaporation Laboratory.

During his tenure as Department Head, construction of Throckmorton Hall Phase 1 was initiated, the statewide network of Area Extension Agronomist was completed, and private funding for crop improvement research was enhanced. Dr. Jacobs was Assistant Director of Cooperative Extension and Director of International Agricultural Programs from 1981 to 1986 and Assistant to the Dean of Agriculture from 1986 to 1995. He was legislative liaison for the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service and coordinated projections of teaching and research needs by an Agriculture 2000 Committee of distinguished citizens.

On August 4th, 1950, he married Gareldene Marchant. Mrs. Jacobs survives of the home. Additional survivors include their five daughters: Stanalee Jacobs, Ruth Jacobs, Julie Spresser, Merrie Houser and Marcia Jacobs and 5 grandchildren.

Private family services were held with interment in Sunrise Cemetery.

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Memorial contributions may be made to the Kansas State University Foundation for the Department of Agronomy Fund for teaching, research or Extension programs. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.

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