MSU Sets Up Bob Gough Memorial Scholarship


The following article is from Montana State University:

Dr. Robert “Bob” E. Gough passed away September 14, 2011 after battling cancer.  An incomparable colleague and an extraordinary human being, Gough is a premier example of a faculty member who was highly engaged at MSU, the land-grant university. Through his life, career and many passions, he innovatively contributed to the pursuit of knowledge and discovery through teaching, research and outreach with the people of Montana.

Gough was born and raised in Rhode Island. He received three degrees from the University of Rhode Island (URI), a Bachelor of Arts in English with minors in psychology, agriculture, music, history and Latin, a Master of Science in agriculture in the study of pomology, and a doctorate in botany. He joined the faculty at URI in the plant sciences department as a professor of horticulture.

Arriving at Montana State University in August 1995 to serve as the Extension Horticulture Specialist, Gough quickly became known across Montana simply as “Dr. Bob.” As he filled this role and accomplished his responsibilities with humor, unending knowledge and grace, Gough made an impact on everyone he touched, and on those he never met, through his articles, books, radio shows, appearances on

Montana Ag Live! and in Master Gardener classes.

Gough received numerous awards for his teaching abilities and extension activities.  He was named a Fellow by the North American Colleges and Teachers in Agriculture in 2000. In 2004, Gough was one of the inaugural recipients of the MSU Excellence in Outreach Award. 

In 2005, Gough was selected by the College of Agriculture to serve as the Associate Dean for Academic Programs until his retirement in 2010. He was a tireless advocate for the College’s teaching mission through his efforts with students and faculty. For example, Gough created, organized and taught a new course for freshmen in agriculture and environmental sciences (Ag101) as part of his comprehensive strategy for student recruitment and retention.

Robert E. “Dr. Bob” Gough Memorial Scholarship

Thanks to generous personal donations from Cheryl Moore-Gough and Jeff Jacobsen, we have initiated an effort to endow a scholarship in Dr. Bob’s honor that will benefit future horticulture students: the Robert E. “Dr. Bob” Gough Memorial Scholarship.  Donations are still needed to fully endow the scholarship at $25,000. An envelope is enclosed in this publication if you would like to consider making a donation in honor of Dr. Bob. If you have any questions, please contact the College of Agriculture development director, Darin Paine, at 406-994-7671 or email

Source:  Montana State University

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