Ronald Bay Furry Papers,circa 1957-1997.

Collection Number: 21-11-4261

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Ronald Bay Furry papers, circa 1957-1997.
Collection Number:
21-11-4261
Creator:
Furry, Ronald Bay.
Quantity:
3.5 cubic feet.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, research materials.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Collection consists of historical documents relating to Ronald Furry's 42 years on the Cornell faculty in the teaching, research and Extension programs, including course material, research material and items on the Layer Fund.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Following 42 years of service at Cornell University, Ronald Bay Furry (b. October 22, 1931), Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, retired August 30, 1995 and was granted Emeritus status. Furry received his BS (1953, with Distinction) and MS (1955) degrees from Cornell University, and his PhD (1965) from Iowa State University.
During his tenure at Cornell, Furry participated in all three mission functions of the Department: Teaching, Research and Extension, and served as its Chairman during 1990-94. His principal research interests centered on postharvest controlled atmosphere environments for agricultural materials, while his Extension efforts included responsibility for the dairy structures program for New York State, as well as the Extension Plan Service. He enjoyed teaching immensely, and taught undergraduate and graduate courses ranging from computer programming and computer graphics through similitude methodology. His publications include fifteen sole-author, eighteen principal-author, and seventeen contributing-author papers; sixty engineering bulletins, mostly sole-authored; four manuals and guides; one book chapter; one-hundred-seventy articles; thirty-two structural design plan sets; and seventy-eight serial newsletters. In addition, he developed several mainframe and microcomputer engineering design application packages which he utilized extensively in his teaching program. He also served the Department as Coordinator of Research and Graduate Faculty Representative, participated in a wide variety of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Engineering and University responsibilities, including the University Senate and the Faculty Council of Representatives, and established and conducted the Department’s undergraduate recruitment program from 1974 to his retirement. In 2007, he wrote A Pioneering Department: Evolution from Rural Engineering to Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University, 1907-2007, that traces the evolution of the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering (BEE) at Cornell over its first 100 years.
Furry received early recognition as a National Science Foundation Science Faculty Fellow, and a Ford Foundation Prospective Teacher in Engineering. In 1992, he was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers (ASAE, now ASABE). He was the recipient of several blue ribbon awards from ASAE. In 1993, the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) awarded him its Centennial Certificate for Exceptional Contributions to ASEE and the Profession of Engineering. He also served as Chairman of the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Division of ASEE.
Furry is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi, a charter member of Gamma Sigma Delta at Cornell, and a member of Alpha Zeta (AZ), where he served on the Board of Directors for several decades; he was the AZ Board’s Facility Program Chairman during the construction of the fraternity‘s new house which was dedicated in 1993. He was a charter member (1962) of the Ithaca Sertoma Club, and an early member (1954) and active participant of the Cornell Federal Credit Union (CFCU), now CFCU Community Credit Union. He served on the Credit Union’s Board of Directors for eleven years, and was its Chairman for four years. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate of AFROTC at Cornell University and reached the rank of 1st Lt. in the USAFRes.
Ron is married to Lois Anne McClure (Ithaca College 1955). They have three children - Suzanne Lynne Furry-Irish, married to L. Paul Irish; Kenneth B. Furry; and Donna Wynne Furry Tongue, married to Donald V. Tongue. The Furrys have five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His sister, Joanne Louise Furry, was married to his best friend and fellow Cornell classmate David P. Dirksen.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Collection consists of historical documents relating to Ronald Furry's 42 years on the Cornell faculty in the teaching, research and Extension programs, including course material, research material and items on the Layer Fund, agricultural, biological, and environmental engineering.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Furry, Ronald Bay, 1931-

Subjects:
Agricultural Engineering.
Bioengineering.
Environmental engineering.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Ronald Bay Furry papers, #21-11-4261. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Personal files
1987-1993
Box 2 Folder 10
"Reorganization (Petronius arbiter)"
1993
A variety of humorous quotations, jokes and cartoons. Includes floppy disk labeled "Boyd's Quotes!"
Box 2 Folder 10
"Boyd's Quotes!"
FD-370
Undated
Box 2 Folder 11
Murphy's law, quotes
Undated
Humorous quotations about Murphy's Law.
Box 2 Folder 12
"Chinese proverb"
1989
Chinese proverb and calligraphy.
Box 2 Folder 13
"Translation Test"
1987-1988
Copies of a joke test and one other humorous test.
Box 2 Folder 14
"Far Above Cayuga's Waters-Sokol"
1991
Explanation of origins of Cornell's Alma Mater.
Departmental files
1914-1997
Series includes correspondence.
Professional development
1914-1992
Box 1 Folder 1
Resumes
1982-1992, 2018
Box 1 Folder 2
Biographical info
1957-1991
Box 1 Folder 3
ASAE Nomination & C.V.
1990
Box 1 Folder 4-6
Publications authored by R. Furry
1956-1981
Includes papers presented to colloquiums, professional associations, agricultural extension bulletins, Farm Research
Box 1 Folder 7
Farm Research pub.
1956-01
Includes photo of Furry at Cornell Orchards.
Box 1 Folder 8
Geheminis Sharpstein
Undated
Seminar, includes transparencies.
Box 1 Folder 9
Research pubs of agricultural historical interest
1914-1981
Includes a variety agricultural bulletins and reprints of historic interest, eg, reprint of speech by Liberty Hyde Bailey, 1914.
Layer fund
1975-1997
Box 1 Folder 11
Recommendation of recipient forms
Undated
Box 1 Folder 12
Recipients data and list
1981-1997
Box 1 V-9865
VHS Computer Magic: The World of Computer Imagery, Cinemagic Productions
Undated
VHS, 58 Minutes, Produced by Colyer Dupont
Box 2 Folder 1
Donors & acknowledgment letters
1975-1982
Research
1938-1987
Box 2 Folder 2
"Pentairy-R.B. Furry 1959-1960"
1959-1960
Includes photo negatives, photo R. Furry with model of Pentairy.
Box 2 Folder 3
The Pentairy Visual Aids
1960
Includes B&W photos with close-up views of model Pentairy
Box 2 Folder 4
Pentairy Design
1960-1961
Includes Pentairy design notes, exhibit notes, newspaper clippings
Box 2 Folder 5
Farm & Home Week (Critique)
1959-1960
Includes exhibit critique, additional Pentairy design notes, cow cartoon
Box 2 Folder 6
World Agriculture pub
1960
Page 21 photo of Plentairy exhibit in Cairo.
Box 2 Folder 7
Miner Institute & agricultural Pubs
1938-1987
Sample of agriculture pubs with variety of dates. Includes sheet of slides from Oct. 1972 at Miner Institute.
Box 2 Folder 8
Miner Waste
1971-1975
Includes 3 sheets of slides of dairy related structures and 2 b&w photographs (size 8 x 11). Slides imprinted with the name W.W. Irish.
Box 2 Folder 9
Miner Institute
1972-1975
3 sheets of dairy related slides at Miner Institute. A few with hand written labels.
Instruction
1957-1991
Courses
1965-1991
Arranged by course number.
Box 2 Folder 15
ABEN 204: Recs (1)
Spring 1991
Box 2 Folder 16
ABEN 204: Recs (2)
Spring 1991
Box 2 Folder 17
ABEN 204: Labs (1)
Spring 1990
Box 2 Folder 18
ABEN 204: Labs (2)
Spring 1990
Box 2 Folder 19
ABEN 204: #1 (1)
1991
Includes floppy disk (unlabeled)
Box 2 Folder 19
Untitled
FD-371
Undated
Box 2 Folder 20
ABEN 204: #1 (2)
1991
Box 2 Folder 21
ABEN 204: #1 (3)
1991
Box 2 Folder 22
ABEN 204: #2 (1)
1991
Box 2 Folder 23
ABEN 204: #2 (2)
1991
Box 2 Folder 24
ABEN 204: #3 (1)
1991
Box 2 Folder 25
ABEN 204: #3 (2)
1991
Box 3 Folder 1
ABEN 204: #4
1991
Box 3 Folder 2
ABEN 204: TA orientation & staff meetings
1991
Includes 3 pages of photos of classroom set-up and blackboard notes.
Box 3 Folder 3
ABEN 204: Lecture handouts
Spring 1990
Organized by "week 1, week 2" etc.
Box 3 Folder 4
ABEN 465: Drying #1 (1)
1985-1990
Research articles dated over a range of years.
Box 3 Folder 5
ABEN 465: Drying #1 (2)
1982-1988
Box 3 Folder 6
ABEN 465: Drying #2 (1)
1988
Box 3 Folder 7
ABEN 465: Drying #2 (2)
Undated
Handwritten notes undated. Research articles from the mid-1960s.
Box 3 Folder 8
ABEN 465: Drying #2 (3)
1980-1984
Research articles.
Box 3 Folder 9
ABEN 465: Dimensional Analysis (1)
1986-1990
Box 3 Folder 10
ABEN 465: Dimensional Analysis (2)
1988
Box 3 Folder 11
ABEN 465: Dimensional Analysis (3)
1987-1988
Box 3 Folder 12
ABEN 465: Granular Flow Measure (1)
1988
Box 3 Folder 13
ABEN 465: Granular Flow Measure (2)
1988
Box 3 Folder 14
ABEN 465: Apple Storage (1)
1987
Box 3 Folder 15
ABEN 465: Apple Storage (2)
1987
Box 3 Folder 16
ABEN 465: Apple Storage (3)
1987-1990
Includes photos of whiteboard notes
Box 4 Folder 1
ABEN 465: Teaching Assistant (1)
1988
Box 4 Folder 2
ABEN 465: Teaching Assistant (2)
1988
Box 4 Folder 3
ABEN 465: Pump/Reservoir Simulation
1973-1983
Notes and research over a broad range of dates
Box 4 Folder 4
ABEN 465: Agricultural Materials Handling Manual (1)
1981-1990
Box 4 Folder 5
ABEN 465: Agricultural Materials Handling Manual (2)
1988
Box 4 Folder 6
ABEN 465: Agricultural Materials Handling Manual (3)
1988
Box 4 Folder 7
ABEN 465: G Pump listing, Pump Reservoir System
1986-1987
Box 4 Folder 7
ABEN 465: G pump, Auto, Grapher Differ, Source & Execs, AutoCAD-Orchard.dwg
FD-369
1987-12-06
5" floppy disk
Box 4 Folder 8
ABEN 465: Pump/Fan Laws, Pump Reservoir (1)
1988
Box 4 Folder 9
ABEN 465: Pump/Fan Laws, Pump Reservoir (2)
1988
Box 4 Folder 10
Agriculture Engineering 501 Term Project
1973-05
Includes photographs of deposition patterns
Box 4 Folder 11
ABEN 651: Similitude Methodology
1966-1974
Research articles from 1966-1974, some annotated by Furry.
Box 4 Folder 12
AGR ENG 651
1965-1979
Includes published paper authored by Furry, handwritten notes and other research.
Supplemental teaching materials
1957-1990
Box 4 Folder 13
Conversion Tables
Undated
Box 4 Folder 14
ABEN: Teaching Materials (1)
1964-1990
Variety of materials including a USDA set of wheat samples, final exam for ABEN 465
Box 4 Folder 15
ABEN: Teaching Materials (2)
Undated
Box 4 Folder 16
ABEN: Teaching Materials (3)
1974-1990
Box 4 Folder 17
ABEN: Teaching Materials (4)
1979-1994
Box 4 Folder 18
Dairy Structures Guide
1957-04
Box 4 Folder 19
Slide Rule Use Instructions
Undated
A variety of guides for slide rules.
Box 4 MU-1859
Alvin Precision Drawing Set
Undated
Set of metal drawing instruments in a hard blue cover.
Box 4 MU-1860
Concise Conversion Tables, Circular Slide Rule
1967
Plastic circular slide rule and paper instruction guide in a white plastic wallet, approx. 4" x 3"
Box 4 MU-1861
Concise Conversion Tables, Circular Slide Rule
1966
Plastic circular slide rule and paper instruction guide in a blue plastic wallet, approx. 4" x 3"
Box 4
Book: "Fan Engineering", edited by Richard D. Madison, TJ960 F19 3rd ed.
1933