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Alvin Gale is a native of Cheyenne, Wyoming. After graduating from high school and completing his military service, he came to Laramie to begin an affiliation with the University of Wyoming that would last a lifetime. He received his bachelor’s degree in general agriculture in 1957, earned his master’s degree in agronomy a year later, and in 1972, obtained his doctorate, also in agronomy. In 1958, he served as superintendent of the Wyoming Agricultural Substation in Sheridan. He began his professional on-campus career at the University of Wyoming in 1965 as an extension pesticide specialist and professor of plant science. He later became extension agricultural program leader with the Cooperative Extension Service, assistant director and then associate director of the Agricultural Experiment Station, associate dean in 1990, and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station in 1993. Gale retired from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in January 1994.