Conrad H. Liden, agronomist at UM

November 07, 2008|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

Conrad H. Liden, an agronomist who had been assistant to the dean of the University of Maryland College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 28 at Collington Episcopal Life Care Community in Mitchellville. He was 87.

Mr. Liden was born and raised on his family's farm in Federalsburg on the Eastern Shore. He rode his pony to attend classes in a one-room schoolhouse near his home.

After graduating from high school, he earned a bachelor's degree in vocational agriculture at the University of Maryland, College Park.

He taught for a year at Ridgely High School in Caroline County before enlisting in the Army and serving as a scientist during World War II.

Mr. Liden returned to the University of Maryland, where he earned a master's degree in agronomy in 1949, and then joined the agronomy faculty. In 1952, he moved to Ecuador as a U.S. technical consultant.

From 1957 to 1958, he did graduate work at Cornell University, and then returned to College Park when he was named administrative assistant to the dean of the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources.

In 1977, Mr. Liden stepped down as administrative assistant and joined the faculty of the agriculture college, where he was also an Extension printing specialist and established a centralized agricultural duplicating service. He retired in 1981.

Mr. Liden, an expert marksman, was certified by the National Rifle Association as a training counselor and shooting coach.

From 1981 until 1992, he was a firearms instructor for the University of Maryland Police Department.

Many of his training programs, family members said, were adopted by the Maryland State Police. He also was a leader in the Maryland 4-H youth shooting program.

The longtime Adelphi resident, who moved to the retirement community in 2005, was an avid hunter and camper.

He was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in College Park, where a memorial service was held Tuesday.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, the former Marjorie Higman; a son, Lawrence Harper Liden of Severn; two daughters, Margaret Neily of Adelphia and Elizabeth Cooley of Columbia; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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