Order of OAC

In 1999, to mark the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Ontario Agricultural College, the OAC Alumni Foundation established the unique Order of OAC. The Order provides the opportunity to enrich teaching and study of agriculture, food production, the environment, the community and rural development

The members of the Order of OAC are alumni and friends of the College who have donated $100,000 or more, as bequests, irrevocable insurance policies, planned gifts or cash donations, for endowment or expendable purposes within the Ontario Agricultural College or the OAC Alumni Foundation.

Members of the Order of OAC


Lydia Luckevich, CPES ’79, and Don Pinchin- Lydia and Don have been longstanding supporters of the Ontario Agricultural College. Recently they established the Pinchin Family Chair in Bee Health, and the Don Pinchin Scholarship in Honey Bee Research and Beneficial Insect Health.
Ann and Don Estill- Anne and Don Estill have been longstanding supporters of the University of Guelph, specifically the Arboretum. Their gifts have been designated towards the Arboretum Development Fund, Boardwalk Fund, Highest Priority Fund, and most recently the Arboretum Internship Program
Ron Craig, OAC ’72- Ron’s gifts have supported many priorities here at the Ontario Agricultural College, including the Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre, his Alma Mater Highest Priority Fund, the Gord Nixon Leadership Award, his OAC ‘71/’72 class fundraising project, and most recently, a leadership gift to help support the Guelph Turfgrass Institute relocation project.
Ron Schiedel- Ron’s leadership and contribution to the Guelph Turfgrass Institute relocation project can not be overstated. His dedication to the project has been unwavering over the last 10 years. He has not only sat on the steering committee, the fundraising committee and had provided generously to the project as well. 
Dave Baute, Ridgetown ’77, and Brenda Baute- Dave and Brenda are committed donors to the OAC’s Ridgetown Campus. Through their generous contributions over the years they have helped support the development of the campus and helped improve the delivery of our programs. Their support has gone to various projects including the Rural Development Centre, The Reek Rejuvenation project and most recently the Ontario Crop Research and Innovation Centre. 
Tony Leung, OAC ’77, and Connie Leung, CSS ’77- Tony and Connie Leung recognize that the next priority in food production should emphasize safeguarding our food chain. Their gift created the Leung Family Professorship in Food Safety, to help with faculty and research capacity to promote food safety and consumer protection.


Margaret and Angus Hamilton - The Hamiltons established Margaret and Angus Hamilton Apple Research Scholarship for students who demonstrate an interest in any aspect of apple research (including nutrition, propagating, post-harvest and pest control) in the Department of Plant Agriculture.

Lt Col Ronald Durst, BSA 1964 and Eleanor Durst - The Dursts established the LCol. Ron and Mrs. Eleanor Durst Scholarship in Agricultural Economics for students entering a graduate program in the Department of Food Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Raymond Chyc, B.Sc. (Agr.) 1982, and Shelley Chyc - The Chys established the Ray Chyc Graduate Entrance Scholarship in Plant Agriculture for students entering thesis-based graduate programs in the Department of Plant Agriculture who have demonstrated an interest in projects related to sustainable crop production inputs. They also supported the work of the Guelph Turfgrass Relocation Project ensuring relevant research, education and extension on turfgrass production and management for the Canadian turfgrass industry.


Dr. Peter Hannam, OAC 1962 – Peter has given to many projects over the years, including OAC Highest Priorities, the Arboretum, the Conservatory Endowment, OAC Alumni Foundation, and the Bioproducts Discovery Centre.

John Lindley, OAC 1953 – John has supported many different initiatives over the years, including the OAC Highest Priorities, OAC Alumni Foundation 1953 Class Anniversary Project, University Highest Priority, as well as the University of Guelph Choir.

George Klosler, OAC 1962, and Gerri Klosler – George and Gerri have supported projects, including the OAC Learning Trust, The Arboretum, Food Science, OAC Scholarships and Bursaries, and the OAC Alumni Foundation. In 2014, they supported the creation of the Libro Credit Union Professorship in Southwestern Ontario Economic Development.


Dr. Bruce Stone, OAC 1953  – Dr. Stone's various gifts to OAC and the OAC Alumni Foundation have supported a variety of initiatives primarily consisting of the Student Liaison Project and student scholarships.

George Whetham, OAC 1953, and Mrs. Lois Whetham, MAC 1954 – The Whetham's established the George and Lois Whetham Scholarships in Food Systems. 


Joe Maxwell, OAC ’51 and Barb Maxwell – The Maxwell’s directed their gift to the OAC Learning Trust that will support OAC student experiential learning opportunities.

Jim McIntosh, OAC 1959, M.Sc. 1961 and Brenda McIntosh – The McIntosh’s established the McIntosh Family Professorship in Poultry Nutrition in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science (now the Department of Animal Biosciences).

James Murby, OAC 1935 – Through his gift, the late James Murby established a Poultry Welfare Graduate Scholarship.

George Roberts, B.Sc. (Agr.) 1960 and Lorna Roberts, MAC 1962 – Through their gift, the Roberts supported the future establishment of a new faculty position in the college in the area of rural economic development.


Mr. Don Pestell, RCAT 1962 – Pestell’s most recent gift has helped establish the new Ridgetown Campus student service and alumni centre, allowing the campus to provide exceptional services to all the colleges stakeholder groups.

Mr. Edward Kendall, OAC 1963 – Kendall’s gift will see an upgrading of the Johnston Hall Boardroom, which will include a video conferencing system to enhance communications and connections provincially, nationally and internationally.

Dr. Jane Webster, CPES 1971 – Through Webster’s gift the Webster Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Environmental Sciences was established in honour of the late Earle J.D. Webster, to fund groundbreaking environmental science research.

Dr. John Summers, OAC 1953 – Summers’ contribution created the Schnellers and Summers Scholarship, a graduate travel award of $2,000 for graduate students in OAC who plan to conduct research or study in other countries with the expectation of bringing direct improvements to Canadian agriculture are eligible. The scholarship was established in memory of John Summers and Wilfred Schneller, John and his wife Marion’s fathers.

Mr. Norman McCollum, OAC 1966A – McCollum’s most recent gift established the Norman McCollum Dairy Scholarship, in recognition of his valued friendship with the Glenholme Jersey Farm, for OAC students planning to work on a dairy farm or in the dairy industry.

Mr. William (Bill) Harrison, OAC 1962 – Harrison’s gift supported Phase II of the Bio-products Discovery and Development Centre project, which began construction early in 2013.

Dr. Philip Gosling and Mrs. Susan Gosling – Long-time supporters of the University of Guelph, the Goslings’ most recent gift will support infrastructure including a unique cryopreservation facility at the Gosling Research Institute for Plant Preservation (GRIPP), which they established in 2011/12.


James MacDonald, OAC 1950 & Shirley MacDonald – James and Shirley’s gift funded renovations to the OAC Program Counselling Office in Johnston Hall as well as providing two scholarships for Ridgetown campus students where James MacDonald served as principal from 1980-1985.

Andrew Wilder, B.Sc. (Agr) 1984 – Andy Wilder’s gift will help fund the Institute for Advanced Study of Food and Agricultural Policy, an important initiative of the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics. Mr. Wilder is a member of the Better Planet Project campaign cabinet.

June Laver DHE 1940 – The namesake of a yellow miniature rose, June Laver, wife of the late rose hybridzer Keith Laver (BSA ’40), has generously created The Keith and June Laver Endowment Trust Fund which will provide two annual awards to grad students studying environmental issues in agriculture.

Ron & Doreen McCracken – Both from farming backgrounds, Ron and Doreen McCracken understand the importance of agricultural education and have established the McCracken Family OAC Bursaries. The bursaries will provide five OAC students with a $2,000 award which, thanks to matching from the Ontario government, will be available in perpetuity.

Gintarius (Ginty) Jocius, OAC 1970 – The late Ginty Jocius – entrepreneur, agricultural communicator, creator of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show – was also the initiator of the Order of the OAC. The gift from Jocius will be directed to phase II of the Bio Products Discovery Centre.


Dr. George Thurtell, B.Sc. 1957, M.Sc. 1960 – Dr. Thurtell was a professor at the University of Guelph in Land Resources Science until 1999, afterwards becoming professor emeritus. Dr. Thurtell helped create the Thurtell Family Scholarship for the study of atmospheric sciences in the OAC's School of Environmental Sciences.


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F. Thomas Cowan, B.Sc.(Agr.) 1965 Joanne M. Cowan, MAC BHSc 1967 Clayton M. Switzer, BSA 1951


Alexander F. Henry, BSA 1951


Patricia L. Seyfried, BSA 1957, M.Sc. 1959 Jan A. Seyfried, MSA 1956


Donald M. Rutherford, BSA 1951


Kenneth G. Murray, BSA 1950, Hon.DLaw, 1996


Patricia L. Mighton, BSA 1964, MSc 1993 Dennis C. Mighton, BSA 1964 Gordon L.E. Nixon, BSA 1937


William L. Campbell, BSA 1955, M.Sc. 1957 Dorothy I. Campbell, MAC BHSc 1955


N. Richard Richards, BSA 1938 Mary K. Richards