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Our Sympathies: Bill Braithwaite

It is with sympathy that we share the passing of Bill Braithwaite on August 9, 2019. Bill was a professor at the University of Guelph and Ontario Agricultural College from 1959 to 2009. He was responsible for developing the orginal business program at OAC and taught many University of Guelph business students throughout the years. 

Our Sympathies: Lloyd J. Ross

It is with sympathy we share the passing of Lloyd James Ross on July 6, 2019. Lloyd was a 1954 graduate of the Ontario Agricultural College and served as president of the Alumni Association.

A celebration of Lloyd’s life will take place on Saturday, August 24 at the Graham A. Giddy Funeral Home, 280 St. David Street South in Fergus, Ontario starting at 1 pm, with a reception to follow. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, any donations should be directed to the Canadian Red Cross or the Fergus Curling Club.

Our Sympathies: Norman McCollum

It is with sympathy we share the passing of Norman McCollum on July 9, 2019. Norm was a longterm employee of the Guelph Turfgrass Institute at the University of Guelph. He served as president of the OAC Alumni Association and is a member of the Order of OAC. He generously gave to OAC and two scholarships honour his legacy: the Norman McCollum Dairy Scholarship and the Norman E McCollum Turfgrass Diploma Entrance Scholarship.

Dave Little standing behnd a red tractor and in front of a log shed

Alumnus brings together a community to restore agricultural history

Logically, we know stepping back in time isn’t possible. But at the O’Hara Mill Homestead in Madoc, Ontario, it seems like it just might be.

When walking through the rural setting of the homestead visitors can see a fully restored sawmill with a dam and covered bridge, a log house, school, carpenter and blacksmith shops, and much more. Visitors step back into the 1800’s and experience agriculture as it was.

Our Sympathies: Peter Lindley

It is with sympathy that we share the passing of Peter Lindley, OAC Class of 1957, on June 11, 2019.

Donald Skinner ouside wearing blue coat

Q&A with a swine nutritionist

Donald Skinner is a swine nutritionist with Molesworth Farm Supply and has been in that role since January 2013. He’s a member of the OAC Alumni Association board of directors and sat down with us recently to chat about his role, his love for the industry and highlights from his time on campus.

Head shot of Riley.

Q&A with Chudleigh’s farm manager

During his time at the University of Guelph (U of G), Riley was a busy student. He played 4 years of rugby, while also being on the Dean’s Honours list (academic average of 80% or above). In his senior undergrad years he conducted research trials on the growth of Lupin, a yellow legume, in Ontario. Today, Riley is the farm manager at Chudleigh’s in Milton and we recently chatted with him about his new role.  

Our Sympathies: Ken Murray

It is with sympathy that we share the passing of Dr. Kenneth G. Murray, OAC 1950, on March 2, 2019.

Ken was a long time supporter of the college. He received an Honourary Doctorate of Law from the University of Guelph in 1996 and received the Order of OAC in 2003. He will be missed by many within the OAC community. 

Ken's full obituary can be found here. 

Our Sympathies: Larry Burt

It is with sympathy that we share the passing of Larry Burt, OAC 1953, on January 16, 2019.

Larry was a teacher, broadcaster, botanist, farmer and environmentalist. He also a sportsman, and won the Ted Wildman Trophy in 1952 while playing football during his time at OAC.

Larry's full obituary can be found here.

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