Alumni News

Our Sympathies: David Snyder

It is with sympathy that we share the passing of David Snyder, OAC 1958, on September 23, 2020. David was a loyal donor to the University of Guelph and often participated in the OAC Alumni Association Annual Curling Bonspiel. 

Our Sympathies: Glenn Powell

It is with sympathy that we share the passing of Glenn Powell, BSA 1962, on September 29, 2020. His obituary has been copied and pasted below. Farm Radio International has also posted a remembrance article here

Our Sympathies: Ron Durst

It is with sympathy that we share the passing of Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Durst, OAC ’64, on October 4th, 2020. Ron established the Lt. Col. Ron and Eleanor Durst Graduate Scholarship in Agricultural Economics, was a strong supporter of the Class of OAC 1964 class project, volunteered to organize reunions on his class executive and was a member of the Order of OAC.

Natalie sits in a yard with a cat.

Q&A with a companion animal nutritionist

Natalie Asaro is a companion animal nutritionist with Petcurean, a Canadian pet food brand. She graduated from the Department of Animal Biosciences with her master’s and quickly jumped into industry with ease. She recently sat down with us to talk about her role and trends in pet food and share some thoughtful advice.

Our Sympathies: Gerry Friars

It is with sympathy that we share the passing of Gerry Friars on June 19, 2020. He was a professor at the Ontario Agricultural College and University of Guelph from 1963-1985 in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science. More details are available here. 

Our Sympathies: Kenneth Phipps

It is with sympathy that we share the passing of Kenneth Phipps, OAC '51, on June 13, 2020. After graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Guelph and a teaching degree from the University of Toronto, he taught science, agriculture and horticulture at Banting Memorial High School for 35 years. More details are available here. 

Our Sympathies: Gordon MacLeod Coutts

It is with sympathy that we share the news of G.M. Mac Coutts' passing on June 14, 2020. He was a member of the Class of 1953. Coutts was the first employee hired by the Grand Valley Conservation Authority (GRCA) in 1953 following his graduation from OAC. In 1966 when the GVCA and the Grand River Commission amalgamated, he became the first General Manager of the GRCA, a role he served until his retirement in 1991. Further details can be found here.

Head shot of Mary Ann.

How Are You Handling Things? Q&A with Alumna Mary Ann Doré

*** Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing a series of Q&As featuring OAC community members to showcase how people are coping with our uncertain - but collective - state. We’re hoping these will help connect and support our community (in a small way) during these isolating and challenging times. Look after yourself and those around you. ***

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