Senator Jerry Moran told those gathered on the Alumni Assocation’s Johnson Terrace that being present at the celebration prompted him to miss a pair of votes the night before.
Senior in Agricultural Economics and Global Food Systems Leadership Reed Middleton relayed how Flinchbaugh’s influence played a role in her becoming a K-Stater instead of staying in-state in Oregon.
Middleton then recalled the first time she saw Flinchbaugh lead a class.
She brought up that Flinchbaugh created and nurtured a community.
Moran noted that when students struggled with Flinchbaugh’s courses, he looked to himself rather than criticize them.
Roberts offered this thanks.
Kansas State University President Richard Meyers also spoke, including talking of when he learned about Flinchbaugh being hung in effigy by members of the American Agriculture Movement during a famous 1986 incident on campus.
Meyers stated that the professor had passion and integrity.
Governor Laura Kelly provided a statement to be read at the celebration.
Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh was a worldwide leader in the agriculture community and a mentor for thousands of students at @KState. I know his legacy will live on through his loved ones and the generations of Kansas agricultural enthusiasts he inspired throughout his life. pic.twitter.com/Tjwsx2lJvt
— Governor Laura Kelly (@GovLauraKelly) October 1, 2021
His policy work had resulted in meetings with every president from Harry Truman to George W. Bush and also included his landing seven different Secretaries of Agriculture for speeches as part of the Landon Lecture series.