In Memory

Miles Karner

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11/01/10 04:17 AM #1    

Carolyn Cundiff

Altus Resident Remembered Through OSU Endowed Scholarship

Dr. Miles Karner’s legacy to continue through entomology scholarship

STILLWATER , OKLA. – Altus resident and former Oklahoma State University (OSU) extension entomologist, Dr. Miles Karner’s dedication to science and education has been memorialized through an endowed scholarship that will ensure his life’s work in entomology will continue long after his death.

Karner passed away on March 1, 2006, and committed his life seeking advanced scientific methods and techniques to stamp out insecticide problems within Oklahoma’s agricultural industry. Most notably, Karner was instrumental in getting Boll Weevil Eradication established in Oklahoma.

Born July 4, 1953, in Tulsa, Okla., Karner earned a degree in zoology at OSU in 1975 and a master’s in entomology in 1976. From 1977 until 1979, he worked for the Louisiana State University Extension Service.

Returning to graduate school, he obtained a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Nebraska in 1981. He became an OSU Extension entomologist in 1982 and began work at the OSU Southwest Research and Extension Center at Altus, Okla.

In 1986, he became the OSU state cotton entomologist while still remaining the Southwest Area Extension entomologist. He specialized in cotton and wheat insect management as well as integrated pest management and pesticides as they relate to crops grown in Southwest Oklahoma.

When transgenic technology was introduced, Karner was among the first to evaluate its economics in irrigated and dryland farming. His economic analyses were used by the cotton industry for decisions on both use and marketing of this transgenic technology.

Miles Karner wanted to help people by using his scientific and technical knowledge. He still had much to contribute and will be missed by all Oklahoma agricultural people.

He is survived by his wife, Dawnelle, of the home; a son, Courtney; and a daughter, Whitney; his mother; a sister and brother-in-law; and one niece and one nephew.  Karner is buried in Broken Arrow where he and Dawnelle both attended high school.

A memorial fund for entomology students at OSU has been established in Dr. Karner's name. Contributions may be made to the Miles A. Karner Scholarship Fund and mailed to the OSU Foundation, 400 S. Monroe, Stillwater, OK 74074 or online.

The recipient of the Miles A. Karner Scholarship must be an Oklahoma resident, enrolled as a full-time student in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University with a 3.0 grade point average or above. First preference will be given to a student from the southwest Oklahoma area with second preference given to students majoring in agronomy or entomology.

The Oklahoma State University Foundation serves as the private fundraising organization for OSU, as designated by the OSU Regents.  Its mission is to unite donor and university passions and priorities to achieve excellence.

07/10/11 09:48 PM #2    

Satina Schwarz (Dooley)

Miles and I were never close friends.  His cousin Kenneth lived near me and I would see him when he visited.  I think he played football starting with the 7th grade tackle group that was not school sponsored at the time.  We had biology together and were lab partners when it was time to disect the frog.  We had many good laughs that year.  I miss you Miles.  You were an amazing person during the years we knew each other!

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