Dr. Duane Spencer Hatch studied at Cornell from 1911-1916 and 1927-1928, receiving a PhD in Rural Sociology, Economics, and Education. While at Cornell, he received the first place for the Eastmen Prize in public speaking. Dr. Hatch was a pioneer in rural reconstruction and community development. In 1916, Mr. Hatch went to India and Mesopotamia for service with British and Indian troops during World War I and later returned to India to begin his career in rural reconstruction under the support of the YMCAs of India. Dr. Hatch was later appointed to the United Nations' Food and Agricultural Committee. After retiring from the YMCA, he served as the director of an agricultural project for the Pan American Union in Costa Rica. Dr. Hatch then went on to establish a Community Development Center for the United Nations (UNESCO) in Sri Lanka. From 1957-1960, he worked in Parker, Arizona as the Director of Community Development for the Colorado River Tribes Reservation. He then retired to Tucson, Arizona where he became a consultant to the Sociology Department at the University of Arizona and Director of Field Work for students working towards their MA Degree in Community Development.