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H. R. Lund

(the following information is taken from Dr. Lund's nomination form)

H.R. LundContributions made to North Dakota’s agricultural industry by
Dr. H. Roald Lund

Dr. H. R. Lund served as Director of the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station from January 1, 1979 to July 1, 1994. During his tenure, he served on and represented NDSU and North Dakota on nearly every national, regional, and state committee for agriculture including:

  • National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges
  • Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy
  • USDA Joint Council on Food and Agricultural Sciences
  • North Central Regional Association of Experiment Station Directors
  • Council of Administrative Heads on Agriculture
  • North Central Regional Research Planning Committee
  • National Agricultural Research Planning Committee, in which he served as the lead administrative advisor to the Current Research Information System (CRIS) and Advisory Council since its inception
  • Committee of Nine

During these years he advised the biennial legislature and made budget presentations (12 times), saw the formation of the Consultation Board for Agricultural Research and Extension, the Ag Coalition, served on the original (June 1989) Board of Directors and was Secretary of the NDSU Research Foundation. He helped establish the former Land Reclamation Research Center at Mandan, North Dakota, which aided in the reclaiming of land disturbed by surface mining of coal. Dr. Lund was a member of the State Seed Commission, Pesticide Control Board, and the Seed Arbitration Board in the ND Department of Agriculture. He also served on the Governor’s Committee to review cost savings in government. In 1981 he was a member of a US Wheat Associates team to visit and to promote trade in six European countries, including Norway, England, Germany, France, Italy, and The Netherlands.

During the Lund years, NDSU saw the rapid growth of the agricultural student body and faculty, the growth of the USDA-ARS facilities and faculty on campus. During his tenure, the Northern Crops Institute, several major buildings including Loftsgard Hall, the Industrial Agriculture Complex, Northern Crops Science Laboratory, Van Es-Robinson Halls, Hultz Hall, ND State Seed Research and Regulatory Center (Johansen Hall), greenhouses, barns, and buildings at Research-Education Centers throughout the state were built. These were also growth years for the Federal-State-Industry partnership in that the budget for the ND Agricultural Experiment Station grew from 3.9 million dollars annually to over 21 million in 1994.



  • Attended grade school at Christine, North Dakota and high school at Nome, North Dakota
  • BS, 1955, North Dakota Agricultural College, Fargo, ND
  • MS, 1958, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • PhD, 1965, Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana



  • At NDAC, Roald studied agronomy and agricultural education. For his master’s thesis, he wrote on the genetics of stem rust resistance in Langdon Durum.
  • He was in the Infantry ROTC at NDSU, served in the Infantry Officers Leadership School, Ft. Benning, GA and was discharged as First Lt., USAR in 1959.
  • On March 1, 1959 he was invited by Dr. Glenn Smith to be asst. HRS wheat and oat breeder at NDSU
  • He was named to the position of assistant professor, Department of Agronomy, by Dr. T. E. Stoa, chairman. He was active in the breeding and release of 'Justin' HRS wheat in a program that ultimately saw the release of 'Waldron', one of the most popular varieties grown in ND for many years.
  • When Dr. J. F. Carter, became chairman of agronomy, he encouraged Roald to pursue a doctorate degree at Purdue University. Hence, Roald, his wife Janet, and their two small children left for West Lafayette, Indiana on June 30, 1962. Three years later to the day, Dr. H. R. Lund was on his way home to NDSU as an associate professor of agronomy with an assignment to teach and conduct plant breeding research in corn genetics.
  • In 1969 he was invited by Dean Arlon G. Hazen to become the assistant dean of agriculture and assistant director of the Agricultural Experiment Station. He advanced to professor of agronomy in 1970 and after a national search, was named dean director on January 1, 1979. He served as director until July 1, 1994.
  • On July 1, 1994 he returned to active teaching and research in his home department, now renamed Plant Sciences. He was assigned to teach PLSC 220 “Principles of Crop Production” and PLSC 111 “Genetics and You.” Both courses are interdisciplinary, with PLSC 111 being qualified as a general education course in the university. The PLSC 220 course is taught using collaborative learning techniques and reaches nearly seventy students in 8-10 disciplines each year. Lund’s research was in the breeding and production of potatoes, especially some work on the potential for the use of botanical seed (True Potato Seed) on world food production.


Professional organizations, career-related activities, civic and club activities

Dr. Lund represented North Dakota and North Dakota agriculture in numerous organizations, both on a national and state level. His main goal was always to represent the best interests of all North Dakotans and North Dakota agriculture.


Honors and Awards

  • Dr. Lund has received awards from Alpha Zeta, FarmHouse, State and Honorary Farmer Degrees, the US Durum Growers Assoc., ND Crop Improvement Association and the ND Grain Growers Association.
  • In 1980, he was named Master Builder of Men by the National FarmHouse Fraternity.
  • He was the recipient of the Agribusiness Award at the 1998 NDSU Harvest Bowl.

Achievements attained within nominee’s profession and employment

Dr. Lund was always first and foremost an educator of young North Dakotans. He was extremely innovative as a teacher and many of his teaching techniques were the forerunners of those used at other land grant universities. He was a tremendous role model for students and faculty alike. His main goal in life was to always effectively represent and serve the citizens of North Dakota.


Brief family history

  • H. Roald Lund is a native of North Dakota. He was born in Fargo, ND and grew up on farms and went to school in the communities of Hillsboro, Buffalo, Christine, and Nome.
  • His parents, Haakon Lund and Ruby Davidson, were first generation Americans from parents in Hillsboro and Valley City, respectively. His mother had a degree in education from what is now Valley City State University. Roald was their first-born child of eventually six children, all of which were graduates of NDAC/NDSU.
  • The H.R. Lunds have four grown children, all NDSU graduates with degrees in business, pharmacy, chemistry, and biotechnology. Since his retirement, Roald and Janet live at their Pelican Lake home.
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