Floyd Lorrain and Janice Culligan Northrop (deceased) - The FFA has always been a family-oriented organization, and Floyd and Janice Northrop exemplified this family tradition as a team dedicated to serving FFA and agricultural education. Floyd Lorrain Northrop was born in Fruitland Park, Florida in 1898, while Janice Irene Culligan was born in 1901 in Norfolk, New York. After Floyd received his bachelor’s degree from Stetson in 1918, he transferred to Cornell where he met Janice. She earned her teaching license, and he was awarded another bachelor’s degree in agricultural education in 1920.

 

Northrop family accepts plaque at ceremony

They were married and moved to Florida, where they lived in a little cabin in Pinellas County while Floyd farmed. After a short time in farming Floyd accepted the agriculture teaching position at Tarpon Springs High School. Floyd transferred to Largo High School to teach agriculture and then returned to Tarpon Springs High as its principal in 1925. Then, in 1929, the couple moved to Dade County where Floyd taught agriculture for the next 19 years. Janice continued to support his professional life while she raised their four children. She also provided musical leadership in the churches they attended. Janice attended many state FFA functions with Floyd and was popular in playing the piano during conventions and other functions while Floyd led the group singing. In fact, Janice wrote the FFA State Song in 1948 and dedicated it to Doyle Conner, National FFA president at the time. Meanwhile, Floyd was promoted to District Supervisor for Vocational Agriculture at the University of Florida, and he earned his master’s degree from UF in 1956. He later became District Vocational Education Supervisor for South Florida for the Department of Education, a post Floyd held until his retirement in 1969.

Floyd served in many important professional posts during his career, including president of the Vocational Association of Dade County and president of the Florida Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association. He was honored for his service with a number of awards, including FFA’s State and American Farmer Degrees and a Distinguished Service Citation from the Southern Regional Conference for Workers in Agricultural Education. Janice was also recognized for her many contributions to Florida FFA with a Certificate of Appreciation from the state association in 1953.

Sadly, Janice passed away in 1956, but Floyd continued to contribute to the betterment of vocational education and agriculture until he retired in 1969. Even then he continued to serve his community by volunteering as an aide at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Gainesville, which he continued until his death in 1980. Today their children still support the FFA and recently donated funds for the purchase of a piano to be placed at the FFA Leadership Training Center in honor of their musical parents. Floyd and Janice Northrop were a model couple dedicated to advancing the principles embodied in FFA leadership development and agricultural education. They always made the time to work to inspire others and act as ambassadors for agricultural education and FFA.

Floyd and Janice Northrop were inducted into the Florida FFA Hall of Fame October 5, 2010.