Dr. Ken Pinkston influenced students and faculty for many years before his retirement
from teaching at the OSU Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology and OSU Extension.
Pinkston and his wife Charlene established and garnered additional financial support
for the OSU Endowed Professorship of Structural and Household Pest Control, and his
efforts in the development of the department’s teaching program continue to play a
pivotal role in the industry.
From 1976 to 1998, Pinkston’s research garnered more than $200,000 in funding for
programs in Entomology and Plant Pathology. He conducted chemical control tests for
new products that could be used on peanuts, soybeans and cotton, as well as pests
found around the house. He wrote many training materials and manuals for state pest
control operators, as well as helped develop the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s
Integrated Pest Management Program. His efforts earned the respect of the Oklahoma
Pest Control Association, one of many donors that established the Pinkston Education
Facility for Structural and Urban Pest Control at OSU.