majoring in dairy science and agronomy. George’s interest in agriculture was stimulated by his work, during most childhood summers and vacations, on the farm of his grandfather, George James Davis, located near the mill town of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.
George said he “was the greenest of green freshmen going to Penn State in 1928.” After spending the summer of 1929 in charge of the maternity barn at a dairy farm, he changed his major to agricultural biochemistry. While at Penn State, he was active in the Christian Association (vice president) and was an associate editor of the Penn State Farmer, the freshman handbook, and La Vie, a campus paper, for which he was fraternity editor. Although he had won his letter in football and other sports in high school, he was much too lightweight (145 pounds at that time) for college football and so, during his college career, he restricted his sports to intramural participation in boxing, tennis, golf, lacrosse, and baseball. George was awarded a number of scholarships as an undergraduate, and these were especially appreciated since this was during the depths of the Great Depression. George realized how good a high school education he had received when he found how easy some of his college courses were. In those days at Penn State the dean of men posted the rank of the students at the end of the semester. During his first year, George discovered that he was third in the freshman class.
George became something of a cynic about the fraternities, realizing that students like him (that is, with good grades) were attractive to fraternities since they helped the fraternities gain a sufficiently high scholastic average to allow social functions, such as dances and house parties. Eventually, during his sophomore year, he was urged by Professor Andy Borland, professor of dairy husbandry, to join the