Thomas Sutherland 2003
Thomas M. Sutherland
MS 1956, PhD 1958, Animal Breeding and Genetics
Fort Collins, Colo.
Tom Sutherland has devoted an entire career to education, with service to thousands of students and advisees. His research and teaching in the area of animal genetics has gained him international acclaim. He went to Beirut, and remained there despite threats, to complete the mission he had undertaken as dean of agriculture at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, to further agricultural education in the Middle East. In Beirut, he endured six years of imprisonment as a hostage, sharing a cell with Terry Anderson, a fellow Iowa Stater. With his wife, Jean, he authored a book, At Your Own Risk: An American Chronicle of Crisis and Captivity in the Middle East.
Since his return, he has given thousands of motivational and inspirational presentations to schools, colleges, churches, corporations, companies, and clubs. Scholarships in his name have been established at Iowa State, American University of Beirut, and Colorado State. At Iowa State, his lead gift established a Jay L. Lush Endowed Chair in Genomics.
Sutherland is a life member of the ISU Alumni Association and a member of the Order of The Knoll.