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Ward, Extension Entomologist Retires

LAS CRUCES -- Charles Ward, professor of entomology and pest management specialist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service, retired on Oct. 31 after 20 years of service.


Ward, a Texas native, earned his doctorate in entomology from Cornell University in 1968, and served on the faculty at Texas Tech and Texas A&M before coming to NMSU in 1976. He had international assignments through USAID in Bolivia from 1976-78 and in Honduras from 1983-84.

As a pest management specialist in the Bernalillo County Extension office, he developed Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs in both forestry and ornamental plants, as well as increasing the amount of IPM training given in the state's Master Gardener program. He also directed a three-year USDA study to demonstrate IPM principles for landscape management in New Mexico and the Southwest.

Ward's research and demonstration work on the pine tip moth reduced pesticide use for this insect more than 30 percent. He also was responsible for revising Extension alfalfa and cotton insect guides and associated research and educational IPM programs throughout the state.

Ward is a member of the Entomological Society of America and the Southwest Entomological Society. In 1981, he was recognized for his outstanding contributions to entomology by the American Registry of Professional Entomologists.