R. Dennis Rouse


Dr. R. Dennis Rouse was born September 20, 1920, in Andersonville, Georgia. He holds the B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Rouse joined Auburn University as assistant professor of agronomy and soils in 1949, became director of the soil testing lab in 1956, and became dean of the School of Agriculture and director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station in 1972. He was instrumental in establishing of the E.V. Smith Research Center and for improving on-campus facilities. He retired in 1981.

Rouse served as chairman of the Association of Southern Agricultural Experiment Station Directors, president of the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists, and was a member of the governing board of the Agricultural Research Institute.

Rouse is a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America and the American Society of Agronomy. He received distinguished service awards from the Catfish Farmers of America, the Alabama Poultry and Egg Association, and the Vo-Ag Teaching Association.

Rouse is married to the former Madgelyn Mathis of Oglethorp, Georgia. They have two children, Sharon Breon and David B. Rouse.