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Cleland, John M., 1951-2022



  • Existence: April 29, 1951 - February 7, 2022

Biographical Information

John M. Cleland was born on April 29, 1951, in Rochester, IN. After graduating from Rochester High School in 1969, he attended Purdue University, graduating with a B.S. in Animal Science in 1973. After graduation, John worked for Genetic Plus for five years, before spending the next 31 years teaching Biology at Zionsville High School.

In 2004, John received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, the highest honor bestowed by the governor of Indiana. In 2014, Purdue awarded him with the Department of Animal Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2018, John published “Ice Cream Cones as Casualties,” a book on the history of the Purdue Creamery. John passed away on February 7, 2022.


“John Mark Cleland Obituary,”, The Indianapolis Star, February 10, 2022. Accessed August 17, 2022.


"Animal Sciences Distinguished Alumni Awards," Purdue University College of Agriculture. Accessed August 17, 2022.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

John Cleland papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSA 393
Scope and Contents The John Cleland papers include materials on the Purdue University College of Agriculture and dairy making in Indiana, with a focus on the Purdue University Creamery. Materials include pre-publication manuscripts written by Cleland, Purdue Swiss-type cheese recipes, and artifacts related to the Purdue University Creamery, including: cheese and butter wrapper labels; a glass milk bottle and paper bottle caps; and a cottage cheese container.Also included are a can of Purdue Hybrid pop...
Dates: 1908 - 2017; Majority of material found within circa 1930s - 1960s

J. C. Allen and Son, Inc. photographs and negatives, addition 13

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 20191211