Ray Harold Kirkpatrick


Ray Harold Kirkpatrick was born in 1921 in Dogwood, Alabama. He graduated from Auburn University in 1942 in agricultural science, where he was a member of Gamma Sigma Delta and Kappa Delta Pi.

Kirkpatrick made significant contributions to Alabama through his work with the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service and the Autauga Quality Cotton Association. He was assistant county agent in Chilton County during 1944-53 and county agent in Autauga County in 1953-78. Since 1978 he has directed the Autauga Quality Cotton Association.

Known for his rare ability to unite people to work together for their common good, Kirkpatrick is credited with making possible the Autauga Quality Cotton Association and the Central Alabama Seed Producers Association. Largely due to his leadership, Autauga County has cotton yields that are exceeded only by irrigated cotton in California and Arizona, and this cotton is marketed through a professional for premium prices.

Kirkpatrick has also contributed to non-agricultural development in Autauga County. He is a member of the Prattville Industrial Development Committee and has helped get several industries to locate in the county.

He was honored as Alabama Crop Improvement Man of the Year in 1967 and was named Man of the Year in Service to Agriculture by “The Progressive Farmer” in 1982.

Kirkpatrick is married to the former Lenore Oglesby.