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Class of 1970    
Robert E. Ross College of Agriculture Robert E. Ross went to the College of Agriculture at Rutgers, where he majored in food science and minored in biochemistry. He participated in the track team and Chi Psi fraternity and chaired the Student-Faculty Relationship Committee. During the anti-Vietnam War movement, he was involved in the debate over the existence of ROTC on campus and, ultimately, the decision to keep ROTC on a voluntary basis. He participated in ROTC for four years at Rutgers. He went on to earn his PhD in food science at UMass, during which time he served on active duty in the U.S. Army as a quartermaster. He spent his career in the food science industry at various corporations, including Hunt-Wesson, Nabisco, Estee Corporation, Pepperidge Farm and Nestlé. He participates in the Rutgers Alumni Association of Raleigh-Durham.
Class of 1971                                   
John Robinson Cook College John Robinson was born on September 26, 1945. Mr. Robinson grew up in Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey and graduated from Manasquan High School in 1964. He served as a naval corpsman with the First Marine Division, First Battalion, Delta Company in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. After the war, Mr. Robinson attended Cook College at Rutgers University, earning his degree in 1971. He became president of Mueller Supply Inc. in 1972, a post he has held up to the present. Mr. Robinson lives in Colts Neck.
Ernest Kovacs Rutgers College Ernest "Bub" Kovacs was born on January 28, 1951 in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  Descended from Hungarian immigrants on the paternal side of his family, he grew up in the Hungarian-American community in New Brunswick.  Kovacs attended public school in New Brunswick and graduated from high school in 1968.  Kovacs went to Rutgers College and majored in sociology, graduating in the Class of 1972.  He earned a master's at Penn State and then a Ed.D. at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers in 1986.  Over the course of his career, Kovacs has worked at Penn State and Trenton State College in college administration.  He has taught college courses in business and in the Certified Public Manager Program, which was based at the Bloustein School at Rutgers in the 1980s-1990s.  In 2006, he became a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

 

 

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