A 35-year career of service to the nation's ginning industry will end in January when W. Stanley Anthony retires as supervisory agricultural engineer and research leader at the USDA/ARS Cotton Ginning Laboratory at Stoneville, Miss.

A nationally and internationally-recognized expert on cotton ginning, his extensive research has resulted in numerous improvements in cotton quality, computerized process control, energy conservation, seed cotton/lint cleaning processes, system design, computer modeling/simulation, bale packaging, air pollution, and noise abatement.

He is best known for his work on maximizing fiber quality and producer returns through gin process control, currently marketed under the IntelliGin name, and for developing new lint cleaner technology, marketed under the Louvermax trade name.

These recently-implemented technologies process about 4 million bales annually and add about $30 million in value to the cotton industry.

Anthony's technology transfer work includes over 450 publications and 18 patents. Nine patents have been licensed to private industry and four others are pending.

His work also includes nationally-known ginning schools that have been conducted annually since 1985 at the Stoneville facility. He has traveled widely and has been a speaker at numerous conferences in the United States, Australia, France, Germany, Greece, Peru, Switzerland, and Zimbabwe.

A native of Indianola, Miss., Anthony earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in agricultural engineering at Mississippi State University and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Engineer Basic and Advanced Schools, the Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.

After more than 30 years of military service, he recently retired with the rank of brigadier general. His distinguished career included providing engineering technical support for over 140 countries.

Awards conferred for service include the Army Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit. His last assignments were as deputy commander of the 412th Engineer Command at Vicksburg, Miss., and as deputy chief of staff, engineer, for the Eighth U.S. Army at Seoul, Korea.

He has received a host of awards for service to the engineering profession and the cotton industry, including being named an American Society of Agricultural Engineers Fellow.

Anthony is married to the former Carol Ann Brown of Glen Allan, Miss., and they have three children: Stan, an industrial engineer at Huntsville, Ala.; Steven, a registered nurse at Jackson, Miss.; and Amy, who will graduate from the Mississippi School of Dentistry in May.