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C. O. Schoonover served as an extension animal scientist at the University of Wyoming from 1954 until he retired in 1980. His connection to both the university and the state was a long and distinguished one. Schoony was a native of Buffalo, Wyoming. He obtained his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees from the University of Wyoming. Under his leadership, a beef cattle performance-testing program was developed that was acceptable to both commercial producers as well as registered purebred breeders. He was innovative, being one of the first researchers to use computers in the management of performance data. Schoony was a member of numerous technical advisory committees, and in 1983 the Beef Improvement Federation presented Schoony with its Pioneer Award. Schoonover’s wife Mayme, appreciative friends, and the Department of Animal Science established this scholarship in his memory.