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Ed Rose - 25th Anniversary Ag One Founders Endowment

Edward “Ed” Mathew Rose

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Ed Rose, a resident of Sanger for 89 years, passed away on March 21, 2014. He was an agricultural steward, a farmer, father, grandfather and a wonderful husband.

Ed was born on April 10, 1924 at the Burnett Sanitarium (Community Hospital) in Fresno, CA to Jim Rose born in Maricopa County, CA and Ina Pugh born in Stony Ford, CA. Ed had strong family ties and was most proud of his grandchildren.

As a child, Ed was raised on his parent’s farm near Sanger and attended Granville School. He graduated from Sanger High School where he lettered in track and field sports. He was a graduate of Fresno State College. Ed enlisted in the Army during World War II and proudly served his country in the Army Infantry in the Pacific Theater. He worked for Stauffer Chemical Co. for 37 years before retiring as their Western Region Product Development Manager. Ed was a supporter of agricultural education and was instrumental at starting the Ag Backers Council (ABC) at Reedley College and was one of the forming and founding members of Ag One at Fresno State. Ed also was a guidance director for Children’s Hospital Central California and member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sanger. Ed, with his wife, traveled extensively visiting 49 states in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Croatia, Chile and Argentina. In retirement, he continued his love for farming and he and his wife took their produce to various Farmer’s Market in the Monterey Bay area. He loved the atmosphere and people who came to Market, and made many more friends, introducing them to the fruits of the family farm.

Ed was passionate about giving back to Fresno State agriculture. He was the founder and first president of the Ag One Foundation which he helped organize in 1979.  He shared his fond memories of Ag One's beginnings at the 25th Anniversary celebration in 2004. The endowment that was established by the celebration was renamed several years ago to recognize what he did to help future generation of students in the Jordan College attain a college education.

Ed loved life and was an inspiration to all who knew him. He touched the lives of many and will be dearly missed. 

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