March 1, 2014 10:25:48 PM
STARKVILLE -- William Bost, who directed the Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service for nearly two decades, has died at age 90.
Bost died Friday at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, after a long illness.
Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum calls Bost a "legendary figure" in the school's history.
Bost served in the Navy during World War II. He was ag extension director from 1962-81, and the MSU agricultural administration building is named for him.
He was Progressive Farmer magazine's Man of the Year in 1980. Gov. William Waller named him Outstanding Mississippian in 1980 for serving the needs of rural and urban residents.
Services are Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Starkville, with burial in Memorial Garden Park.
Survivors include Bost's wife, Elaine; and six of their seven children.
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