University of Minnesota head wrestling coach J Robinson was among the speakers at the Norman Borlaug Memorial today (Oct. 8).
It is Dr. Norman Borlaug Day today in Minnesota, as proclaimed by Governor Tim Pawlenty. Borlaug was a Minnesota and Golden Gopher Wrestling alum, graduating from Minnesota in 1937 before earning his Ph.D in 1942. He passed away on Sept. 12, 2009 at the age of 95, leaving behind a proud legacy of his lifetime of work in agriculture. In 1970 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize as his work resulted in saving millions of humans lives, preventing famine and malnutrition, and alleviating hunger and malnutrition.
Borlaug's daughter Jeanne Borlaug Laube will be an honorary Grand Marshall in the homecoming parade on Saturday, Oct. 10. She will be surrounded by current Golden Gopher Wrestlers around the car and senior Jayson Ness will escort her onto the field before the game.
In the coming week, Coach Robinson will be traveling to Iraq to spend a week with the soldiers. Robinson will be with the USO as well as the 34th infantry division of the Minnesota Red Bulls. Robinson completed a year-long tour in Vietnam in 1972, serving with the First Cavalry Division as the Information Officer for the Third Brigade.