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Dr. Austin Frishman, alumnus, class of 1958

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Dr. Austin Frishman

Like most entomologists, Dr. Austin Frishman can trace his love of insects back to his childhood. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Sullivan County, Dr. Frishman recalls first being fascinated with bugs at age three. Having grown up on a farm in Ferndale as an only child with few neighbors, the natural world was the focus of his attention and from his inquisitive mind and hands, few creatures went unobserved and/or collected.

Having started his formal education in a one-room school house in Ferndale at age four, he later transferred to the newly centralized school district in Liberty. During his senior year, he met his future bride, Barbara to whom he has been married to for more than 50 years.

Upon graduating from Liberty High School in 1958, he continued his education at Cornell University where he completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Entomology. Dr. Frishman earned his Ph.D. from Purdue University where he taught and worked with the Indiana Pest Control Association.

In 1967 he headed back east the head up a structural pest control curriculum at SUNY Farmingdale on Long Island. During his tenure there he was awarded the first Teaching in Excellence Award and was nominated for Distinguished Professor. He also began his consulting business, AMF Pest Management Services and conducted technical training sessions at pest control companies.

In 1976, he wrote the first pesticide training manual of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and left teaching to become a full time consultant, lecturer and researcher. From 1980-1983, Dr. Frishman headed up a research team with whom he would develop a revolutionary product – the first successful German cockroach bait known as Combat or Maxforce. This aerosol-free method has been the number one product for cockroach control for over 30 years.

His accomplishments, awards, achievements and accolades are numerous - he is a multi-published author, has received numerous industry awards for excellence and has served as a consultant in over five different industries. As a world-traveling pest control professional, researcher and writer, he estimates that he has travelled well over two million miles since 1967. Dr. Frishman’s career as a successful industry speaker and consultant has taken him to seven countries and almost all 50 states.

Upon being nominated for the Wall of Fame, he wrote, “Regardless of whether or not my name makes it on the Liberty Central School’s Wall of Fame, the fact that there is such a thing should be an inspiration to all young people attending school. It gives hope to that no matter what their economic status, race or religion; they can become what may seem like an impossible dream in whatever path they may choose.”

more information:

Pest Management Professional Hall of Fame - 2002

Pest Management Professional: "Difference Makers: Dr. Austin Frishman" (August, 2013)

Pest Management Professional: "Dr. Austin Frishman: Lasting Legacy" (2010)

New York Times: "All About New York; The age-old battle against the Cockroach" (1985)


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