Texas A&M University-Kingsville

A&M-Kingsville Research Scientist Earns National Lifetime Achievement Award

KINGSVILLE - June 26, 2007

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

National Lifetime Achievement Award

Deyound Award

Dr. Charles DeYoung, research scientist with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, recently received the Joe Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2007 Quality Deer Management Association’s (QDMA) National Convention and Whitetail Expo in Chattanooga, Tenn. DeYoung also is professor emeritus and former dean of the College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences.

The award is named for QDMA founder Joe Hamilton and honors individuals who have made significant lifetime contributions to deer, deer hunting and deer management.

“Charlie DeYoung has devoted his professional life to research on the white-tailed deer,” Hamilton said. “He also played a major role in the birth of one of the nation’s leading research institutes for wildlife at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. It certainly is fitting to recognize his significant, long-term contributions to the knowledge base we have on whitetails and other wildlife. His work continues and all of us are benefiting from it.”

DeYoung has been affiliated with the university since 1969 when he arrived at then Texas A&I University to begin graduate work in biology. He left only long enough to earn his doctorate at Colorado State University and was back in Kingsville in 1974.

He served as dean of what is now called the College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences from 1979 to 1984 and again from 1991 to 2001. During his first term as dean, he played an important role in the founding of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and served as its director during its first three years.

Even though he retired as dean in 2001, he continued to serve the college as the first-ever Stuart W. Stedman Endowed Chair for White-tailed Deer Research for the institute. Today he continues as research scientist, professor emeritus and graduate student mentor.

In 2004, DeYoung became the seventh recipient of the prestigious Deer Management Career Achievement Award from The Wildlife Society, the international non-profit scientific and educational association dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education.. In 2006, he earned Honorary Membership in The Wildlife Society and the Caesar Kleberg Foundation for Wildlife Conservation Medal. Earlier this year, the Rotary Club of Corpus Christi named him the Harvey Weil Professional Conservationist of the Year.

QDMA announced the award June 13. The association is a national nonprofit wildlife conservation organization with 45,000 members in all 50 states and several foreign countries. Membership is open to anyone interested in better deer and better deer hunting and is committed to ethical hunting, sound deer management and the preservation of the deer-hunting heritage.

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