(On this date, October 16, 2013, the Osborne County Hall of Fame is pleased to present to the world for the first time anywhere the fifth and last member of the OCHF Class of 2013)
Herman Darrell “Joe” Hale was born April 12, 1925, in Woodston, Rooks County, Kansas, the third of four children born to Carl Raymond Hale and Mayme E. (Dunn) Hale. Joe was baptized in the United Methodist Church, at Downs, Kansas, where he served as captain of the football and basketball teams and playing baritone in the school band. The football team distinguished itself his senior year with a perfect record – unbeaten, untied, and unscored-upon.
After high school graduation in 1943 Joe enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade, Service and Supply Ship, in the Pacific theater until his discharge in 1946. Joe then attended the University of Kansas at Lawrence on the G.I. Bill and graduated in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in business. Joe began work with the John Deere Company and later moved to Salina, Kansas, where he later worked for the Douglass Candy Company. In 1951, he met and married Joyce Vanier. Together they raised six children.
That same year, Joe joined Joyce’s father’s Western Star Mill Company in Salina, where he became vice president. The Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) in Decatur, Illinois, purchased Western Star in 1970. Two years later, Joe was named president of ADM Milling Company. He became company chairman in 1989 and retired in 1996. Joe was credited with building the company into a world-wide leader in the flour and grain milling industry.
Related to his field, Joe served as president of both Millers’ National Federation and the American Corn Millers Federation, now both part of the North American Millers Association (NAMA). He was an honorary lifetime member of NAMA.
Joe also was chairman of the board of Sunflower Bank; president of Star A, a ranching and farming operation; and vice president of the American Royal Association. He served as a director of the following companies – Archer Daniels Midland, Commerce Bancshares, and Lyons Manufacturing Company. Other directorships Joe held included the Wheat Industry Council, the National Pasta Association, the American Baking Association, the Biscuit and Cracker Manufacturers Association, the American Institute of Baking, and St. John’s Military School.
Joe was a founding member of the Rolling Hills Congregational Church in Salina. He was a member of the Saddle and Sirloin Club, Mission Hills Country Club, Garden of the Gods Club, Vanguard Club, Man of the Month Club, and the Kansas City Club. He was a former member of the Wolfcreek Golf Club, Oxbow Hunting Club, Equity Investment Club, Country Cousins, Privy Council, and the Black Sheep baking industry organization.
Joe supported many institutions throughout his life, and his support was honored through several lasting legacies both large and small: the fences around the Downs City Park and the Downs Cemetery in Downs, Kansas; the Hale Arena at the American Royal in Kansas City, Missouri; the Hale Achievement Center and Hale Music Media Center at the University of Kansas; and the Hale Library at Kansas State University.
“Joe graduated from the University of Kansas, but several of his children went to K-State. He wanted to do something for K-State. His support had to be directly for students, so he contributed to a directly oriented student project that became Hale Library as we know it today. He and his wife, Joyce, came forward in 1992 as anonymous donors for the major portion of the $5 million in private funding needed to build the library. They are the reason that we finally have a facility that can accommodate the students at K-State.” – Brice Hobrock, Dean of KSU Libraries, 1999.
Gary Hellebust, president and CEO of the KSU Foundation, also said in 1999 that Hale was a true supporter of academics and was an inquisitive, intelligent person. “He was a bigger-than-life character. He was warm, but somewhat reserved – very inquisitive. He wanted to learn just so he would know and increase his awareness.” He was very pro-academic and wanted to support the library because he felt it would be supporting all academics at K-State and not just one part.”
H. D. “Joe” Hale passed away November 20, 1999 at St. Joseph Health Center in Kansas City, Missouri. He was 77 years old. His impact and generosity will influence many future generations to come.
(On this date, October 15, 2013, the Osborne County Hall of Fame is pleased to present to the world for the first time anywhere the fourth of the five members of the new OCHF Class of 2013)
Arlene Louise Sollenberger was born in Natoma, Osborne County, Kansas, on November 19, 1920, the only child of Versa (Dorr) Sollenberger and Jesse C. Sollenberger. Both of her parents were well-known musicians in their own right. After growing up in Osborne and graduating from Osborne High School, Arlene earned a bachelor of music education degree from Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas, with majors in piano and clarinet.
Arlene then taught school at Garfield in Pawnee County, Kansas, and at Stafford, Stafford County, Kansas. Returning to college, she earned a Master of Music Education degree and Master of Artistic Voice degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Music at Ann Arbor, Michigan. For the next nine years Arlene taught at the Michigan School of Music and was a soloist with symphonies, oratorios and recitals. She also sang with quartets including one that appeared regularly on the radio and two others at churches.
In 1956 Arlene applied for and received a Fulbright Scholarship for a year’s study at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, Germany. She was then appointed Associate Professor of Music, Voice, at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1959, becoming a full professor in 1968.
“A further entry in Texas Christian University’s fine arts festival for this year devoted to the arts in Italy was presented Monday night in Ed Landreth Auditorium. The event was an Italian song recital by Arlene Sollenberger, soprano, with Adrienne Mora Reisner at the piano. The operatic aria, “O Don Fatale” from Verdi’s “Don Carlo”, was quite the high spot of the evening, in which the singer’s stunning personality made a basis for some magnificent singing. The wide range and brilliant top notes earned an ovation.” – Fort Worth Telegram, August 13, 1965.
After 27 years at the university Arlene elected to retire in 1986, retaining the title of emeritus associate professor of music.
Arlene was a member of the Fort Worth Music Teachers Association and regional governor for the National Association of Teachers of Singing. The National Federation of Music Clubs gave her life membership following a concert at their Texas state convention. Arlene’s many other memberships included the Overton Park United Methodist Church; Sigma Alpha Iota sorority (received the Sword of Honor); Phi Kappa Phi sorority; Pi Kappa Lambda sorority (served on National Board of Regents; Tau Beta Sigma sorority (honorary member), National Association of Teachers of Singing; National Federation of Music Clubs (life member); Altrusa Internations, Inc. of Fort Worth; Women’s Club of Fort Worth; the E. Clyde Whitlock Music Club; and the Euterpean Club of Fort Worth (director of Euterpean Singers).
Among the honors Arlene received was being named to Who’s Who, South and Southwest, 1980, Personalities of the South (11th edition, 1980). She was also the recipient of both the 1981 Contribution to the Arts Through Music from the Personalities of America and Bethany College Alumni Association’s Alumni Award of Merit in 1988.
In 1984 Arlene gave the funds to install the organ and carillon in the United Methodist Church in Osborne, Kansas, as a memorial to her parents, Jesse and Versa Sollenberger. She passed away at the age of 81 on Wednesday, December 12, 2001, in Fort Worth, Texas. Services were held at the Overton Park United Methodist Church in Fort Worth. Arlene was then laid to rest next to her family in the Osborne Cemetery at Osborne, Kansas.
As a final gesture to her hometown, Arlene’s last will and testament created a trust which directed that three-fourths of the annual net income of the trust was to be distributed to Unified School District No. 392 for student scholarships, while one eighth was to go to the United Methodist Church at Osborne, Kansas, and the final one eighth would go to the Osborne County Genealogical & Historical Society of Osborne, Kansas.
(On this date, October 7, 2013, the Osborne County Hall of Fame is pleased to present to the world for the first time anywhere the third of the five members of the new OCHF Class of 2013)
Thomas Marshall Walker was born on a farm in Owen County, Kentucky, August 15, 1846. His family became identified with Kentucky when it was a new western state. His grandfather, William B. Walker, was born in England and came to this country with an older brother. In Kentucky William located at Lexington, and became superintendent of the cloth manufacturing plant in which Henry Clay was financially interested. William had learned the trade of weaver at Manchester, England.
Thomas was the fifth in a family of seven children born to Delville and Lucinda (Sparks) Walker, both of whom were natives of Kentucky. Delville Walker was a prosperous farmer. On the slavery issue he took a firm stand on the side of abolition and became one of the early members of the Republican Party.
Thomas spent his boyhood on a Kentucky farm until he was fourteen. One story maintains that and he had only the advantages of a country school, while another states that he was educated by a private teacher. Upon leaving home he joined an older brother in Shelby County, Kentucky, and while there had further advantages of school attendance for six months. Like many successful Americans Thomas’ beginning in commercial life was of the humblest. Working in a store at wages of $10 a month, sweeping the floor, building fires, and performing numberless other duties, he gained by that apprenticeship a knowledge of business which came to flower in later years in Kansas. After three years Thomas became associated with his brother in a general store and tobacco warehouse, where he remained five years. With this experience as the foundation, and such capital and credit as his work enabled him to acquire, he then set up in business in Kentucky as a general merchant on his own account. Thomas finally removed to Louisville, Kentucky, and became member of the firm of Reed & Walker, wholesale produce and provisions. The business was in a fair way to prosperity but after three years Thomas found his health so undermined that he concluded to follow professional advice and seek new opportunities in the West.
When twenty-five years of age Thomas went to Colorado. He left there in 1876 and went to St. Louis, Missouri, and three years later arrived within the borders of Kansas in 1879. He traveled by railroad as far as Hays City and then drove across the country to what was known as “Bull City,” a locality named after Hiram C. Bull, a famous Kansan who subsequently came to tragic end when gored by his pet elk. The Central Branch of the Missouri Pacific Railroad was just being extended to Bull City, and that point was considered a favorable location for business and had already attracted about 100 inhabitants when Thomas joined his fortunes with the town. Bull City is now the town of Alton in Osborne County. Thomas set up in business as a general merchant and attempted to supply all the varied demands of a frontier community. He proved equal to the situation, and the store he conducted at Alton proved the foundation of his success. Thomas later served as Alton mayor and was the principal resident of Alton in the years after the death of Hiram Bull. In Osborne County during the lean years that followed his early settlement there he showed the quality of his public spirit and his practical charity by extending credit to many who were absolutely dependent upon their crops for a livelihood, and when weather conditions prevented the harvest such people would have touched the extremities of misery but for his intervention. Thomas also began investing in land and became the owner of very large cattle ranches in Osborne, Rooks, and Graham Counties in Kansas, and was also one of the first men to plant alfalfa in the western part of the state.
From merchandising and farming Thomas’ participation in banking followed almost naturally. In 1884 he embarked in the banking business by founding the Bull City Bank. In 1889 Thomas bought the First National Bank of Osborne, Kansas, and served as its president for fifteen years, when he sold the institution.
In 1885 Thomas married Carrie Nixon, a daughter of John and Matilda (McConnell) Nixon, Smith County farmers. Carrie was born, reared and educated in Chicago, Illinois, and was a lady of culture and refinement who also possessed good business qualifications. Two children graced their union: Thomas Delville, who died at the age of eighteen; and Henrie O., later the wife of William A. Carlisle and engaged with him in the lumber business in Washington, Kansas.
After moving to Atchison, Kansas in 1901 Thomas acquired the interests of Mr. Fox in the McPike & Fox Drug Company. That same year he was voted treasurer and a member of the board of directors of the McPike Drug Company of Kansas City, Missouri. In 1917 he bought the controlling interest in the McPike Drug Company, and became its president. In 1903 Thomas bought an interest in and was made president of the Savings Bank of Atchison, the oldest state bank in the state. From 1907 until his death he served as director of the Commerce Trust Company of Kansas City, Missouri, having been one of its charter members and organizers. He also served as president of the Globe Surety Company of Kansas City and as a director of the Thomas Trust Company, also of Kansas City. Thomas was also president of the First National Bank of Hoxie, Kansas, of the Citizens State Bank of Selden, and numerous other financial interests.
From the time he cast his first vote, Thomas was a stanch adherent of the Republican Party and worked in its interests, but considered himself to be never tied by party allegiance in local elections, as he believed in putting the man with the best qualifications into office, regardless of party, and thus securing the best local government. Thomas was active in both the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks fraternal organizations, and held chairs in both lodges.
In 1930 Thomas came across a famous relic from his days in Bull City/Alton, Kansas, and took it upon himself to save a valuable piece of Osborne County history. The following account of the incident was related by Alton resident Orville Grant Guttery in his book Tales of a Town Named Bull City (Ad Astra Publishing, 2011, ppgs. 40-41).
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“A few years after the Elk killed the three men at Bull City, and while T. M. Walker had a drug store [in Atchison, Kansas], a traveling man from a drug house came into his store and said ‘T. M., there is a man in [Muscotah] who has a drug store and he has bought more than he can pay for. I wish you would go over and buy him out.’ The traveling man and T. M. knew each other well; he said he would go and look over the store.
“He bought it, [accepted] the invoice and paid for the goods, then said to the man in charge (the owner), ‘You go ahead and run this store and when you get any money you pay me what I have in it and it is yours,’ for which the man was thankful.
“As they were looking Mr. Walker saw a pair of elk horns and spoke about them, and the man said ‘those horns have a history – they are the ones taken from the elk that killed those men at Bull City.’ T. M. said, ‘I want to buy them.’ The man said, ‘You can have them.’ T. M. said, ‘I will pay for them.’ He gave $5.00 for them.
“I thought for many years I would like to have the horns from the Elk, but had no idea they were in existence. Some years ago a statement was made that T. M. Walker had the horns. I wrote him and he said he had the horns and would send them to us, and when we were ready to dedicate the [Bull] monument at the [Sumner] cemetery I asked Charles E. Williams to write Walker and ask about the horns. He crated them and expressed them to C. E. Williams, prepaid. The invoice read: ‘Shipped from Atchison, Kansas Way Bill and No. 6134 3/6 Dated 3/8/30 Shipper W. W. Blair. Weight 190 Lbs. Freight $3.88 paid.’”
These very same elk horns can be seen today in the Osborne County Courthouse in Osborne, Kansas.
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After a long and prosperous life Thomas Marshall Walker passed away at the age of 94 on July 6, 1931 in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri. He was laid to rest in the Mount Moriah Cemetery at Kansas City.
Genealogical and Biographical Record of North-Eastern Kansas. Lewis Publishing Company. Chicago: 1900. 750 Pages. Transcribed 2008 by Penny R. Harrell.
Pages 584-585 from Volume III, Part 1 of Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc.. . . with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago: 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward.
A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written & compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, copyright 1918; transcribed by Kita Redden, student from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, 1-28-1999.
(On this date, October 6, 2013, the Osborne County Hall of Fame is pleased to present to the world for the first time anywhere the second of the five members of the new OCHF Class of 2013)
Garry G. Sigle was born in Russell, Russell County, Kansas, on October 28, 1956. His parents were Richard and Evea Jane (Applegate) Sigle. Garry was the youngest of five children. Arris, Donna, Larry and Scott are his siblings. Richard Sigle farmed 17 miles south and 5 miles east of Osborne, Kansas, near the Cheyenne United Methodist Church in Jackson Township of Osborne County, Kansas. Evea Jane taught 5th grade at Osborne Elementary from 1962 until 1978. Garry grew up working with his dad and brothers on the family farm throughout his grade school and high school years and even returned during the summers of college to help on the farm.
Garry played summer league baseball from 5th grade on and played junior high football, basketball and track & field. At Osborne High School he participated in cross-country, basketball and track & field lettering in cross-country four years, basketball one and track & field 3 years. In cross-country his highest individual finish was 3rd his senior year at the state meet. In track & field he was the Northern Kansas League champion in the mile and 2-mile his senior year, and was the state champion in the indoor mile & outdoor mile and in the 2-mile, setting school records in both (4:24.1 and 9:33.1). Both are still the state records for those respective events.
Garry then attended Fort Hays State University (FHSU) on a cross-country and track & field scholarship, majoring in Industrial Arts.
Fort Hays State University sports awards:
Four-Time NAIA All-American, twice in cross-country (12th , 1975 and 11th , 1977) and twice in indoor track & field (2nd in 2-mile, 1976, 2nd in 2-mile, 1978)
Was an Outdoor Track & Field Honorable mention All-American (5th in 10,000 meters, 1978)
Earned the Busch Gross award as the Fort Hays State University outstanding senior athlete, 1978
Inducted into the Tiger Sports Hall of Fame, 2008
Prior to his senior year, Garry married Linda Samuelson. Upon graduation from FHSU, Garry was hired to be the industrial arts (woodworking/drafting) instructor at Riley County High School, where he stayed for 33 years. He was also the head cross-country and head track & field coach. In addition to his duties as a teacher/coach, he was also the Huddle Coach for the Riley County Fellowship of Christian Athletes for 29 years. In 2011 Garry was inducted into the Kansas Fellowship of Christian Athletes Coaches Hall of Fame.
While at Riley County, Garry was named the Manhattan Area Walmart Teacher of the Year in 1998. His coaching resumé includes 12 team state championships. Seven of those have come in girls cross-country, three in boys cross-country and one each in girls track & field and boys track & field. He has many top three team finishes at the state meet in both sports. Garry has coached ten girls and seven boys to individual state titles in cross-country. He has coached 33 boys and 52 girls to all-state honors (top 20 individual finishes at the state meet). His cross-country teams have won 23 boys and 22 girls league championships. In track & field, Riley County has had 28 boys and 28 girls win individual state championships and have had 112 boys and 113 girls earn all-state status (top 7 finishes in an event at the state track & field meet). To finish his career, Coach Sigle had, for 17 consecutive years, at least one Riley County athlete who was an individual state champion at the KSHSAA Track & Field state meet. Garry served as the chairman of cross-country for the Kansas Coaches Association from 1997 to 2008 and served as the President of the Kansas Cross-Country and Track & Field Coaches Association from 1996-2004. He was the founder, editor and publisher of the Kansas Cross-Country Coaches Rankings, which he started in 1982 and continued until he retired in 2011. In 2012 Garry was inducted into the Kansas State High School Activities Association Hall of Fame at the state track and field meet in Wichita.
Upon retirement from USD 378, Riley County in May, 2011, Garry was hired, starting in June, 2011, to be the Executive Director for the Kansas Association of American Educators. That organization is a non-union professional teachers association. He continues in that position today.
Garry has been married to his wife Linda for 36 years and together they have three sons: Ben, his wife Cheryl and three grandchildren (Damon, Haley and Braden), who live in Manhattan; Luke and his wife Leah, who reside in Nashville, Tennessee; and Tim and his wife Lana, who live in Manhattan.
Garry has had many of his athletes move on to collegiate athletics including all three of his sons. BenSigle was a multiple state champion while at Riley County and still holds the distinction of being the only freshman boy in Kansas history to ever win an individual state cross-country championship. He is one of only a handful of those who won 3 state cross-country titles (missing his sophomore year with an injury when he placed 5th). Ben went on to win 5 outdoor track & field individual titles in the distances. He ran for Oklahoma State University and was All-Big 12 there. LukeSigle ran for Butler County Junior College and Oklahoma State University while TimSigle competed collegiately in golf at Cowley County Junior College.
Other former athletes include Jon McGraw who played football for Kansas State and professionally with the Detroit Lions, New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs. Jon was a state champion triple jumper and still holds the Kansas 3A state record at 47’ 6 ¾”. Amy Mortimer was the state champion in cross-country all four years and won 9 individual distance event state championships in track and field. Amy, during her senior year, ran the fastest mile for a female in the United States, running it in 4:42.4! She went on to be a multiple All-American at Kansas State and finished third at the US National track & field meet in the 1500M in early 2000s. Jordy Nelson was a multiple state champion in track & field but was better known as a Kansas State University wide receiver and now plays for the Green Bay Packers. Jordy owns 3A state track & field records in the 100 (10.63 FAT) and 200 (21.64 FAT).
These are just a few of the outstanding athletes Garry had the opportunity to coach. There were many, many others too numerous to mention.
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Garry Sigle – Professional Resume:
Licensed Private Pilot – Manhattan, Kansas 2003
TAC Level II Coaching School (Throws) – Provo, Utah 1992
TAC Level I Coaching School – Grinnell, Iowa 1988
M.S. in Physical Education, Kansas State University 1982
B.S. in Industrial Arts, Fort Hays State University 1978
High School Diploma, Osborne High School 1974
Fort Hays State University: Hays, Kansas 1974-1978
Cross Country – 1975 (12th), 1977 (11th)
Indoor Track 2-Mile – 1976 (2nd), 1978 (2nd)
NAIA All-American Honorable Mention
Outdoor Track 10,000 meters – 1978 (5th)
Busch Gross Award Winner
Outstanding Senior Athlete – 1978
Outdoor Track 3 mile – 1976, 1978
CSIC All-Conference Honors
Cross Country 1974 (8th), 1975 (6th)
1976 (4th), 1977 (3rd)
Tiger Sports Hall of Fame – October, 2008
Osborne High School: Osborne, Kansas 1970-1974
KSHSAA Track & Field Champion
Indoor Track 1 mile – 1974
Outdoor Track 1 mile & 2 mile – 1974
All-State Cross Country
1972 (11th), 1973 (3rd)
Kansas Fellowship of Christian Athletes:
Coaches Hall of Fame – April, 2011
Riley County High School: Riley, KS
The School District named the track the Garry Sigle Track – May 4, 2011
Kansas State High School Activities Association:
Induction into the KSHSAA Hall of Fame – May, 2012
Kansas Association of American Educators: Executive Director, June, 2011 to present
Riley County High School: Riley, Kansas 1978 to 2011
(On this date, October 5, 2013, the Osborne County Hall of Fame is pleased to present to the world the first of the five members of the new OCHF Class of 2013)
Michael W. Dryden BS, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVM
University Distinguished Professor of Veterinary Parasitology
Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
Michael W. Dryden was born on May 12, 1959 in Osborne, Kansas. Mike’s parents are Dixie (Pierce) Blunt and Victor Dryden (1933-1986). His mother was born and raised in Osborne and his dad was born and raised in Stockton, Kansas. Mike went to elementary school and middle school in Osborne and Downs, Kansas . Mike is a 1977 graduate of Waconda East High School in Cawker City, Kansas. Mike was an excellent student athlete in high school and was honored to receive 1st Team All-State in football his senior year.
It was in high school that he met and started dating Joan Winkel from Glen Elder, Kansas and the two were married in 1979. Following graduation from high school in May of 1977, Mike attended Kansas State University majoring in Wildlife Biology. He was accepted into the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University in the fall of 1980. Mike was awarded his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1982 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1984.
After graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Mike, Joan and their son Shawn moved to Beloit, Kansas, where in May of 1984 Mike worked as a mixed animal practitioner with Dr. Charles Luke at the Solomon Valley Veterinary Hospital. Mike, Joan and Shawn moved to Wichita, Kansas where he was employed in August 1985 as a small animal practitioner at Bogue Animal Hospital West.
Then in July 1986 Mike was accepted as a Graduate Research Assistant in Veterinary Parasitology at Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in West Lafayette, Indiana. Mike, Joan and Shawn moved to West Lafayette in August 1986. Their daughter Sarah was born while they were at Purdue. During his graduate program at Purdue his studies included both Veterinary Parasitology and Medical/Veterinary Entomology. With his primary research focus being the biology of fleas infesting dogs and cats. He was in fact the first veterinarian in the world to get a doctorate studying flea biology. At Purdue University Mike earned both a MS (May 1988) and a PhD (May 1990) in Veterinary Parasitology. It was while a graduate student at Purdue that the veterinary students started calling him “Dr. Flea.”
Upon completion of the graduate program Mike accepted an offer from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University and in June of 1990 Mike, Joan, Shawn and daughter Sarah moved to Manhattan KS.
Mike is recognized as a passionate educator. He co-taught the Veterinary Parasitology course in the College of Veterinary Medicine from 1990 to 2001 and became course coordinator in 2002 and has been a guest lecturer in several other courses. In 2010 along with Dr. Patricia Payne he developed the “Evidenced Based Small Animal Clinical Parasitology Training Course” at Kansas State University. The unique course is the first of its kind developed in the world. This week long course is designed to provide technical service veterinarians working in industry and veterinarians in academia a comprehensive clinical education in the areas of the biology, epidemiology, treatment and control of fleas, ticks, mites, heartworms, and intestinal parasites of dogs and cats. Since 2010 almost 100 veterinarians from the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe have attended the course. The course has become so popular that the sessions book up a year in advance.
At the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University Mike has developed a research program that has been involved in three primary areas: (1) biology and control of fleas and ticks infesting dogs and cats, (2) investigations into the interactions and disease transmission of urban wildlife with domestic pets and humans and (3) diagnosis and control of gastrointestinal parasites of dogs and cats.
Research projects in the area of flea and tick biology and control have constituted the majority of this research effort. His research team has conducted laboratory and field evaluations of prospective flea and tick products in Manhattan, Kansas and Tampa, Florida, including investigations of the largest selling flea and tick products in the world; ActivylÒ, AdvantageÒ, CapstarÒ, ComfortisÒ, FrontlineÒ plus, K9 AdvantixÒ, ProgramÒ, RevolutionÒ, SentinelÒ and VectraÒ 3D.
Conducting such a large research program has necessitated cooperative research with numerous faculty and students. The team has co-authored research grants and publications with faculty and graduate students in the Departments of Clinical Sciences, Entomology, Biology and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Kansas State University. He has also co-authored publications with numerous researchers at other Universities.
Mike was promoted to Full Professor in the Department Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University in 1999. In addition he has adjunct professor status in the Department of Entomology, Kansas State University and the Center for Urban and Industrial Pest Management, Purdue University.
“The world has more than 2,000 different kinds of fleas, but there is only one species that commonly infests dogs and cats in North America. Americans spend more than $1.5 billion a year trying to fight this pest on their pets. Michael W. Dryden says people should know their enemy and not assume all flea products are created equal.
“Dryden is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on fleas and ticks that infest dogs and cats and was once the subject of a documentary about his work with fleas. He has been an expert source on fleas for The Wall Street Journal and ‘Good Morning America.’” – From Kansas State University Short Bios athttp://www.k-state.edu/media/mediaguide/bios/drydenbio.html.
Dryden’s research has radically changed the veterinary profession’s understanding of flea and tick ecology. In addition he has developed novel methods for evaluating flea and tick control products and proposed new concepts that revolutionized flea and tick control. Virtually every major pharmaceutical company utilizes his laboratory and research team to help develop and evaluate their flea and tick control products.
In 2007 Mike was honored to receive an endowment from the Merial Corporation to establish the “Dryden-Merial Tick Research Center at Kansas State University”. This endowment help fund a tick research laboratory and provide salary for an additional research technician.
Mike’s clinical parasitology research has generated over 125 basic and applied research journal articles, 8 book chapters and over 100 published scientific abstracts. The importance of his research on the veterinary profession and his passion as an educator is exemplified by the fact that he has been invited to lecture in over 21 countries (many multiple times), presenting over 850 invited seminars at national and international scientific conferences, numerous colleges of veterinary medicine around the world and dozens of veterinary continuing education symposiums. His research has also received both National and International media recognition with Mike appearing in segments on Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, the Discovery Channel, Mona Lisa Productions in France, and televised appearances in Canada, England, and Spain, and interviews and articles in over 100 newspapers and magazines.
Mike has been recognized with numerous awards and honors.
1995: the “Pfizer Award for Research Excellence” for contributions that significantly advance our knowledge of animal health.
2002: Founding member of the Companion Animal Parasite Council
2005: the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association’s “KSU-Distinguished Service Award”
2006: the “Teaching Excellence Award” in recognition of outstanding instruction of second year veterinary students.
2006: designated the “Frick Professor of Veterinary Medicine”. An endowed professorship recognizing and honoring a faculty member who has developed an exemplary national and international reputation in veterinary medicine.
2007: the “Recognition Award in Urban Entomology” by the North Central Branch of the Entomological Society of America.
2010: the “Excellence in Teaching Award” from the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. Recognizing contributions to the education of future veterinary dermatologists at American College of Veterinary Dermatology Residents’ Forum.
2010: honored as the “Veterinarian of the Year” presented at the Purina® Pro Plan® 56th Annual Show Dogs of the Year® Awards, presented by Dogs In Review® at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.
2011: Honored with the designation of “University Distinguished Professor” at Kansas State University. The UDP designation represents the highest honor Kansas State University can bestow on its faculty, an award that recognizes those making outstanding contributions to teaching, research, and service to their professions and communities.
2011: designated a Charter Diplomate in Parasitology in the American College of Veterinary Microbiology subspecialty Veterinary Parasitology
In addition, in a survey conducted in 2005 of leading Veterinary Dermatologists they stated that Dr. Dryden’s flea research was the “most significant scientific advancement in modern Veterinary Dermatology”.
Mike was also awarded a U.S. patent for development of the most efficient flea trapping system ever invented (M.W. Dryden, A.B. Broce & K.E. Hampton. Patent # 5,231,790, August 3, 1993).
Mike currently lives in Manhattan, Kansas with his wife, Joan. Their son Shawn is a graphic and web design artist at New Boston Creative Group who lives in Manhattan with his wife Mindy (Bates) Dryden and daughter Harper. Mike and Joan’s daughter Sarah also lives in Manhattan and works as a supervisor for Vets First Choice.
Mike is an avid hiker and nature photographer. He has been interested in wildlife and conservation most of his life and was majoring in wildlife biology when he was accepted in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Mike and Joan have made numerous hiking and photography trips to the Grand Teton and Rocky Mountain National Parks. In addition they have traveled to Arches National Park, Denali National Park, Katmai National Park, Lake Clark National Park, Glacier National Park, Olympic National Park, Red Woods National Park, Saguaro National Park, Yellowstone National Park and Zion National Park. Invitations to lecture in exotic locations and various countries have afforded him the opportunity to practice his photography in Hawaii, on Islands on the Great Barrier Reef, Kruger and Pilanesburg National Parks in South Africa and throughout Western Europe.