Interview with Dr. John W. Mellor
Dr. Mellor, John W.; Colle, Royal D.
John Mellor was a key figure in the emergence of Cornell University's formal international programs in the 1960s. In this interview, Mellor discusses the people and the organizations that played major roles in the establishment of the Center for International Studies and the International Agriculture Program. Among the names he mentions are Professors F.S. Hill, William Meyers, Glenn Hedlund, Richard Bradfield, and Stanley Warren. All of these appear in Cornell's Memorial Statements (http://ecommons.library.cornell.edu/handle/1813/17839). Mellor especially credits "Frosty" Hill for his influence on Cornell's international programs and on Mellor's own entry into international affairs. Mellor also recognizes and discusses the importance of the Cornell-Nanking project in the 1930s as a significant piece of Cornell's international history. (See: http://ecommons.library.cornell.edu/handle/1813/29080.) Mellor earned his PhD degree at Cornell and was a member of the Agricultural Economics faculty from 1952-1977. His international interests and activities have drawn him to agricultural development consultancies in a variety of countries including Afghanistan, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Guatemala. At the time of this interview in his Washington penthouse on Pennsylvania Avenue, Dr. Mellor, as president of John W. Mellor Associates, was preparing for a trip to Ethiopia to advise senior government officials there on its planning for agricultural development in the country.
oral history; Dr. Mellor, John W.; Colle, Royal