Former LSU AgCenter Chancellor and LSUA Interim Chancellor H. Rouse Caffey Passes Away

Dr. H. Rouse Caffey

Funeral services are planned tomorrow for Dr. H. Rouse Caffey, chancellor emeritus of the Louisiana State University AgCenter and Interim chancellor of LSU at Alexandria, who became an international rice expert during his long academic career.  Dr. Caffey died Saturday at his home in Alexandria.  He was 83.

Dr. Caffey is the father-in-law of LSU Board of Supervisors member Blake Chatelain.

Visitation will be at Hixson Brothers Funeral Home on 701 Jackson Street in Alexandria on Monday, October 1, 2012 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and continued Tuesday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. The funeral will be at Calvary Baptist Church, 5011 Jackson Street, Alexandria, Louisiana, at 11:00 am. Burial will follow funeral services at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Ball, Louisiana.  The services will be conducted by the Reverend Nick Taylor.

Dr. Caffey was a member of Jefferson Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was born in 1929, Grenada, Mississippi to C. Horace Caffey and Anna Belle Caffey. The family moved to Lambert, MS in 1938 where he graduated from Walnut Consolidated School in 1947. He was preceded in death by his parents, Horace and Belle Caffey, Lambert, MS; his first wife, Jane Caffey; his second wife, Barbara Caffey; his sister, Kathleen Wheat; a brother, James Caffey; a brother, Howard Caffey, and a grandson, Nicholas Caffey.

Dr. Caffey is survived by his wife, Lois Caffey, Alexandria, LA; his daughter, Brenda Caffey, Baton Rouge, LA; his son, Jerry Caffey and wife Anna Lisa Fowler Caffey, and their four children, Micah, Taylor, Chase and Lauren, Pass Christian, MS; a daughter, Belle Caffey Chatelain and husband, Blake Chatelain, and their four children, Daniel and his wife Erica Huff Chatelain, and their two children, Drew and Anna-Belle, Macon, GA, Matthew, Zach, and Gabriel, Alexandria, LA; and a son Rex Caffey and his wife Karen Kennedy Caffey and their two children, Evan and Abby, Baton Rouge, LA; a sister, Ruby Windham and her family, Clarksdale, MS; a brother, Jerry Caffey and his family, Lambert, MS; a step daughter Forrest Hammond and her son John, Alexandria, LA; a step son, Pete Hammond and his wife Evelyn and their children Drew and Kathy, Memphis, TN; a step son, Jim Hammond and his wife Brenda and their children Ruth, Jimmy and Michael, Baton Rouge, LA; and many relatives.

He received his BS in 1951 and his MS in Agronomy from Mississippi State University and the PhD from LSU where he majored in Agronomy-Rice Breeding. Dr. Caffey retired from LSU AgCenter in 1997 as Chancellor of the LSU AgCenter campus. Prior to that, he was Chancellor of LSU at Alexandria; Vice Chancellor of the LSU AgCenter; Associate Director of the LSU Agricultural Experiment Station; Superintendent of the LSU Rice Experiment Station, Crowley, LA; and the first rice research project leader, Delta Branch Experiment Station, Stoneville, MS. After retirement Caffey served as Interim Vice President, Louisiana College, 2005 spring semester and Interim Chancellor, LSUA for the 2007 fall semester and part of the 2008 spring semester. He also continued his worldwide agricultural consulting after retirement. Dr. Caffey was very active in his Church and his community and a caring family man. He was also active in world wide international agricultural research and development from 1965 to 2007.His international travel for consulting, contract administration, and agricultural development included visits to more than 60 countries in North America, South America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Most of the international work involved rice, sugarcane, agricultural research, agricultural research administration, and agricultural development. He was a member of the Americas Initiative program between Mexico and Louisiana. He chaired the Louisiana/ Nigeria Agricultural Commission and was s US participant in the Nigerian Trade Commission held in Abuja, Nigeria. Caffey also chaired the US National Academy of Science Bi-National Second Crop Rice seminars held in Taiwan in 1973. Dr. Caffey also was a member of the USSR/US international research program review held in Moscow.

His honors and awards include the 1974 Honoree of the International Rice Festival; 1988 King Cotton; 1989 Honoree Cattle Festival; 1993 Yambilee King; 1986 Man of the Year for Louisiana Agriculture; 1992 Outstanding Alumnus, LSU College of Agriculture; 1994 Outstanding Alumnus, Mississippi State University; 1993 LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction and Alumnus of the year, LSU Alumni Association. He received the Rice Industry Meritorious Service Research and education award. He was honored in the Ukraine of the former Soviet Union by two agricultural universities with Honorary Professorships, and by the H. Dr. Caffey Caffey Professorship at LSU.

National agricultural recognitions included the national non-federal co-chairman, International Science and Educational Committee (ISEC); national non-federal co-chairman, Joint Council for Food and Agricultural Sciences; Chairman of the National Division of Agriculture budget committee for Land Grant Universities. State honors include appointment by Governor Foster to the Louisiana Economic Development Council to represent agriculture, and where he served as chairman of the agribusiness task force. He was selected as the 2008 Cenlanian for central, Louisiana. For his lifelong, service to agriculture, and rice research in particular, in 2011, the LSU AgCenter designated a variety of rice named in his honor.

In his retirement, he and his wife, Lois, enjoyed spending time with family and traveling internationally.

He was devoted to his family, passionate about public service, and at his best when serving others. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Daniel Chatelain, Micah Caffey, Matthew Chatelain, John Valley, Zach Chatelain, Taylor Caffey, Chase Caffey, Evan Caffey, and Gabriel Chatelain.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the LSU Foundation for the H. Dr. Caffey Caffey Endowment Fund for the Louisiana Agricultural Leadership program, and sent to Attn: Ag Leadership Program, LSU Ag Center, 101 Efferson Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803