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James F. and Marilyn L. Tammen honored with plant pathology endowment

Posted: October 6, 2011

Dr. James Tammen and his wife, Marilyn, are being remembered and honored with the creation of the James F. and Marilyn L. Tammen Memorial Endowment for International Plant Pathology. Continuing his passion and support of students' international experiences, colleagues, family and friends of Dr. Tammen pledged $25,000 to create the endowment.
Dr. James Tammen in 2006

Dr. James Tammen in 2006

Tammen was the first head of the Department of Plant Pathology in 1963. He was a member of the American Phytopathological Society throughout his career, establishing the APS Foundation and working relentlessly to promote the support of its endowment.

Senior associate dean, friend and former colleague Barbara Christ remembers Tammen fondly. "Jim was a gentleman, scholar, diplomat and educator. His legacy at Penn State is tremendous," she said.

"We consider him the father of the Plant Pathology Department for leading the charge for an independent department and subsequently leading the infant department from a few faculty members to an expanded, world-renowned faculty with a focus on epidemiology -- the new wave that would become the hallmark of the plant pathology discipline during the late 1970s through the 1980s."

Marilyn was closely connected to the plant pathology faculty and graduate students, hosting many departmental gatherings in their home and often offering friendship and support to graduate students and their families.

Interested persons or organizations who wish to honor Dr. and Mrs. Tammen may make additional contributions toward their memorial endowment.