The Rockton, Illinois native earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in 1933, the master’s degree in 1936 and Ph. D. in 1943, all in entomology. He was with the State Natural History Survey from 1934 until his U. of I. appointment the following year as a special research assistant in entomology. He became an associate in plant pathology in 1939.
Dwight was considered an authority on fireblight disease and its control and in 1970 was elected to the Illinois State Horticultural Society’s Hall of Fame in recognition of his years of research, teaching and extension work in close association with the fruit growers of the state.
Born / Died: October 4, 1908 to May 8, 1977
Spouse: Ida “Genevieve” Cummings Powell
Children: Phyllis Mae Powell, Dwight Alden Powell, Joann Lucille Powell Gove
Known Siblings: Dorothy Powell, Alden Leslie “Les” Powell, Marian Powell Parke
Occupation: Professor of Plant Pathology at University of Illinois