Taylor named to President’s Club

Jim Taylor, advance planning specialist with Rader Funeral Home in Longview and Henderson, was inducted into the President’s Club for Funeral Directors Life, a funeral prearrangement insurance company, in honor of his 2018 achievements.

Membership in the President’s Club is extended only to prearrangement professionals who have achieved the highest levels of performance with the company.

Taylor assists families and individuals with funeral plans ahead of time.

“Jim is a real asset to the families we serve at Rader Funeral Home,” said Charles Rader, president of Rader Funeral Homes. “He is knowledgeable about every area of funeral planning and is especially gifted in helping families understand all their options so that they can make informed decisions. This recognition is proof of that.”

Rader Funeral Home can be reached at (903) 753-3373 in Longview and (903) 657-7570 in Henderson.

Funeral Directors Life Insurance Company, based in Abilene, is a leading provider of insurance-funded pre-need funeral products and services.

45-year AgriLife employee retires

OVERTON — Ron Randel, Texas A&M AgriLife Research physiologist, announced his retirement after more than four decades of beef cattle research and teaching.

Randel left the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service in 1974 to join AgriLife Research. He enjoyed the research aspect of the USDA job, but longed to teach outside the classroom.

“What was lacking was the ability to work with and mentor grad students,” he said. “It’s the primary reason I took this post.”

Randel has been based at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton for the past 45 years. He has dedicated himself to researching beef cattle physiology and temperament in addition to helping mold future physiologists.

He was part of a movement to develop a strong and successful off-campus program that mentored and taught graduate students applied science principles. Randel said he will continue in an emeritus capacity in order to finalize ongoing grant projects.

He guided 80 post-graduate students over the years, including 47 masters and 33 doctoral graduates.

“As an educator and mentor, in my view, your legacy is your students,” he said.

Randel also has produced more than 1,000 papers for science publications during his career.

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