Birth: December 18, 1939, near Randolph, Nebraska. Parents: Howard T. and Helen L. Axelson Black. Education: Graduated Wausa High School, 1958; B.S., 1963, and M.S., 1965 Utah State University, Logan. Spouse: Faun Stewart, 1963. Children: 1 daughter, Anne Marie; 2 sons: Stewart and Steven. Activities: Director, Jasper County Conservation Board. Newton Community School Board of Directors. Jasper County Soil Conservation District, commissioner. Member: Izaak Walton League and Jasper County Farm Bureau. Received 1980 "Grassroots Conservationist of the Year," Sierra Club of America; 1982 "Conservation Employee of the Year," Iowa Association of County Conservation Boards; 1984 "County Conservationist of the Year," Izaak Walton League of Iowa. Term: Fifth.