My mentors are:

Morgan "Bill" Evans, 
Paul Comstock, 
Dr. "Doc" Bruce Hamilton, 
Mike Lin, 
Jerre Kirk and 
Bill Tyson.
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Dr. "Doc" Bruce Hamilton

Doc was my Plants Professor at Rutgers University; Cook College.  His passion for plants and horticulture inspires me to this day. 

Dana with Dr. Roy DeBoer, FASLA and Doc at the First Annual D.O.C. Awards Gala at the Rutgers Gardens.


BS: Horticulture; Rutgers University
MS: Horticulture; Penn State
Ph.D: Genetics; Penn State
Post-D Fellowship; U of Wisconsin


Distinguished Alumni to be Honored at Cook College Graduation Ceremony

May 20, 2004

New Brunswick, NJ--Outstanding Cook College alumni will be honored at the 2004 Cook College Graduation Convocation on May 20. Dr. Cindy Van Dover, Dr. Bruce Hamilton and Dr. Lee Scheider are the recipients of the George Hammell Cook Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor presented by the Cook College Alumni Association.

Dr. Bruce Hamilton
(College of Agriculture and Environmental Science '60), associate professor of landscape architecture, is a well-recognized expert in ornamental horticulture and is considered one of the best teachers at Cook College. Hamilton has garnered more awards from the students for his teaching than any other professor at Cook, including being selected Alpha Zeta Professor of the Year five separate times. He also was recognized by his peers with the Cook College Excellence in Teaching Award for 1994. In addition to his normal repertoire of courses, Hamilton has recently added an international dimension to his instructional program by offering summer field courses in Mexico. He is also a very active instructor in the Continuing and Professional Education "Short Course" program and is in high demand throughout the state for talks at local Garden Clubs.

While still a relatively new professor, Hamilton chaired the Physical Planning Committee that led to the development of Cook College at its current site rather than at a proposed site in Piscataway, the "Kilmer" campus. As chair of the Cook College Building and Grounds Committee, Hamilton fought to maintain the rich pastoral Cook College Setting. In 1993, as a result of a series of state budget shortfalls, the university and college were forced to reduce support to maintain Rutgers Gardens. Hamilton accepted directorship of the gardens and helped to raise funds and recruit volunteers to maintain the Rutgers Gardens. Under his leadership, the Rutgers Gardens have grown in beauty and ability to serve thousands of visitors per year.

"Bruce Hamilton chaired the Committee that developed and made the recommendations for the formation of Cook College as we know it today, including his part in selecting the name of the College after George H. Cook," notes Dr. Roy DeBoer, professor of landscape architecture. "What could be more fitting than to recognize the person who perhaps had the greatest single role in the name of Cook College? The recent accounts of the original formation of Cook College clearly give Bruce credit for many of the crucial victories that laid the ground for the formation of Cook College."
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