Second N.C. Extension Director “Gave So Much to North Carolina”
Called “Dean” long after he held that position in N.C. State’s School of Agriculture, N.C. Cooperative Extension’s longest-serving director, I.O. Schaub, was a popular and guiding figure in North Carolina for decades.
Schaub — a Surry County native, graduate of N.C. State’s eighth class and father of N.C. 4-H — Schaub served as Extension’s second director. He often said his best day’s work occurred in 1911 when he hired pioneering family educator Jane S. McKimmon. But letters to him and news articles clearly indicate that his influence extended far beyond that one act.
When he died in 1971, the Raleigh Times summed up Schaub’s life this way:
“It is impossible to put a true measure on what Dean I.O. Schaub did for N.C. State, for Raleigh and for all of North Carolina.
“He began 4-H Club work in North Carolina in 1909. How do you even attempt to gauge the value of what 4-H has meant to tens of thousands of young Tar Heels since then and through them to their families and their communities?
“He became director of the N.C. State extension service in 1924, became dean of the School of Agriculture in 1926 and director of the Experiment Station in 1937. The accomplishments of those agencies under his direction could be measured from the files of the University, but once again the big contributions Dean Schaub made in those fields came through the influence he had on the people with whom he worked, and whom he inspired with his own spirit of helping others.
“Dean Schaub was 91 years of age from a chronological standpoint when he died here Monday. But, from the viewpoint of youthfulness of spirit, he never grew old, and from the standpoint of contributions to his state and nation, he lived so many worthwhile lives at one time that his work life must have added up to so much more than just 91 years.
“He would have explained his life by saying that North Carolina gave so much to him. Others have a better explanation: He gave so much to North Carolina.”