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Thomas Iivari, a 1963 graduate of Roosevelt, spent his career in the fields of geology, hydrology and water resource protection. He worked at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and then continued with the USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service, where he finished his career in Washington DC as National Geologist and Senior Hydrologist. Iivari also provided expertise on projects in Taiwan, Nicaragua, China and Brazil. After his retirement, he worked as a Senior Fellow for the US Environmental Protection Agency. Iivari is the co-author of a book, "Soil Degradation in the United States" and received the President's Interagency Clean Water Action Plan Award and the Vice President's Golden Hammer Award. Iivari is a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Kent State University.