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The ARFUSA Memorial Fund has been established to honor the memories of friends and loved ones who contributed so much to advancing knowledge about rice and helping others achieve better lives. Donations may be made to honor the memory of any person who had a connection to the rice world through the International Rice Research Institute. One-half of Memorial funds are used for annual awards and half are kept to generate earnings for future ARFUSA programs. 

Your contributions will enable us to continue to support young people in their efforts to learn about rice.  Our only funding comes from gifts from people like you who are interested in rice.  Small grants to young scholars often lead them to a life-long interest in rice or rice-growing areas. 

How your money helps: One scholar said this after returning: 
"I have a tremendous urge to return to Asia and continue my studies in rice. I think I will forever have a heart for it and I hope an opportunity arises that I can go back to it. If you ever hear of potential opportunities through the ARF I would certainly be interested. Due to my current position I’m becoming particularly interested in rice seed pathology and impact on global economies."

Corporate Contributions are welcomed. Contact President and Corporate Secretary, Bob Zeigler: bob@zeiglermail.net  650 798 7939.

Donate through Venmo    OR 
 Mail contributions to: ARFUSA, c/o Bob Herdt, 82 Ashlar Village, Wallingford, CT, 06492

Memorial donations made since 2015 honor:
Your support, in any amount will help make it possible to continue these awards. All funds received are used for program purposes. Board members contribute their time and expenses and receive no compensation.  
ARFUSA is recognized by the US Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit charitable organization so you can deduct your gift to ARFUSA just like you deduct gifts to your other favorite charities.

​Current Members 

Diamond ($1000+)
​ Randolph Barker
 R. & C. Coffman
 Renu Miles

Platinum ($500 - $999)
 Ken Cassman 
 S.K. De Datta
 Glenn Denning
 Russell Freed
 Short Heinrichs
 Robert Herdt
 Jim Hill
 Peter Hobbs
 Harold Kauffman
 Gurdev Khush
 Jan Leach
 JK Ladha
 Dave Mackill
 Susan McCouch
 Kevin Murphy
 Ed and Allethaire Price
 Tim Rockwood
 Kristen Stark
 Septi Thompson
 Michael Thompson
 Bob Zeigler

Gold ($250 - $499)
 Gou-Liang Wang

Silver ($100 - $249)
   Mike Bonman
   Shawn Carlson
   Jennifer Herdt
   Rebecca Nelson
   John O'Toole
    Cameron Pettlkow
   K.V. Raman
   Kripa and Prem Singh
Edinboro University         Biology Department Faculty and Staff 

Bronze ($25 to $99)
 Karim Maredia
 Peter Kelly
 Marianne and James      Ammann

Corporate Supporter 2019
 The Rice Trader

Former Members 
​ Diamond ($1000+)
 Walter Rockwood

 Platinum ($500 - $999)
Ranjiv Khush

Gold ($250 - $499)
Prabhu Pingali
Rod Wing

Silver ($100 - $249)
James Correll
Jim Litsinger

Members 2017 

Platinum ($500 - $999)
  Dave Jensen

Bronze ($25 - $99)
 Karim Maredia

2022 Annual Meeting 
3 pm EDT, July 30, 2022
at Michigan State University
Mano Pathak, Entomologist and Assistant Director General at IRRI is honored by his children and former colleagues.
Walt Rockwood​, A Founder of ARFUSA,longtime Editor at IRRI, coach of the IRRI Little League Team, mentor to many. He is honored by many former colleagues. Walt's Obituary.  
Nyle Brady, Director General of IRRI, 1973 to 1981. He is Honored by many former colleagues.
Hank Beachell, Plant Breeders at IRRI, Los Banos from 1963 to 1982, later in the Indonesia Outreach program for 10 years. He is Honored by many former colleagues. 
Mahabub Hossain, Senior Scientist in economics at IRRI, 1987 to 2007. He is Honored by Prabhu Pingali and other former colleagues.
Jean Kauffman, the wife of Harold Kauffman, a Senior Scientist in plant pathology and germplasm networking at IRRI, 1969 To 1981. She is Honored by Harold.
Colin McClung, Deputy DG of IRRI,1964 To 1971. He is Honored by many IRRI staff members and former colleagues.
Edwin Oyer, close colleague of many IRRI staff and member of the UP-Cornell project. He is Honored by Susan R. McCouch.
Durga Pathak,wife of Mano Pathak, Senior Scientist in entomology and pest management at IRRI, 1961 To 1989. She is Honored by her daughter Renu Pathak Miles.
Beverly Rockwood, wife of Walt Rockwood, Communications Specialist at IRRI, 1976 to 1982. She is Honored by Walt and by their children, Tim, Pam and Bill. 
Ben Vergara, plant physiologist at IRRI, 1961 To 1997. He is Honored by many former colleagues.  
                             Memorial donations made in earlier years honor:
Frank Byrnes, Communication Specialist at IRRI, 1963 to 1967. He is Honored by his son Kerry.
T.T. Chang, Genetist and Plant Breeder at IRRI, 1961 to 1991. He is Honored by his son Dean and former colleagues. 
Bob Chandler, Founding Director of IRRI, 1960 to 1972. He is Honored by many former colleagues.
John Flinn, Senior Scientist in the Social Sciences Division, 1978 to 1991. He is Honored by Alice Flinn Stillwell.
Bill Golden, Extension Specialist at IRRI, 1964 to 1975. He is Honored by many former colleagues.
Bob Havener, Acting Director General of IRRI in 1998. He is Honored by many former colleagues.
Tom Hargrove, Communication Specialist at IRRI, 1973 to 1991. He is Honored by many former colleagues and friends. 
Bob Huggan, Communication Specialist at IRRI, 1993 to 1998. He is Honored by former colleagues.
Jim Moomaw, Agronomist and Soils Scientist at IRRI, 1961 to 1967. He is Honored by Carolyn Moomaw Wilhelm and former colleagues.
Ernie Nunn, Director of Operations at the IRRI Experiment Station, 1989 to 1995. He is Honored by former colleagues.
Urbito Ongleo, Photographer in the IRRI Communications Department. He is Honored by former colleagues.  
Orly Santos, Associate Manager of the Experiment Station at IRRI, 1987 to 1994. He is Honored by former colleagues.
Marcos Vega, Deputy Director General of IRRI with responsibilities for national relationships, 1972 to 1986. He is Honored by former colleagues.
Edith Yalong, member of the Asia Rice Foundation Board, Executive Secretary to the IRRI Director General, 1974 to 1985. She is Honored by former colleagues.

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