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Our Sympathies: Bruce McCorquodale

It is with sympathy that we share the passing of Bruce McCorquodale, OAC Class of 1953, on October 28th, 2017. Bruce's obituary can be found here.

Friends will be received at the Wall-Custance Funeral Home and Chapel, 206 Norfolk St., Guelph, Wednesday November 1 from 2-4 & 7-9 pm. Funeral service will be held at Trinity United Church, 400 Stevenson St. N., Guelph on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 11 am.

The OAC class of 57 stands around the cannon

The mystery of the missing cannon

The University of Guelph’s George III cannon named “Old Jeremiah” has been a fixture on campus since the 1880s when it was acquired by the Ontario Agricultural College and placed in front of Johnston Hall. It has moved around campus many times, but for a couple of years in the mid- 1950s it disappeared.

Our Sympathies: Ken Carey

It is with sympathy that we share the passing of Dr. Ken Carey on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Ken was a University of Guelph employee for 35 years, acting as research technician for the turf management program since 1987, as well as a sessional lecturer for the Associate Diploma in Tufgrass Management.

Alumni Named 2017 Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Inductees

Two OAC alumni have been selected for induction into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Jack Riddell, OAC '52A and OAC '57, focused on the betterment of Ontario agricultre as a farmer, teacher, auctioneer, Member of Provincial Parliament and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

John Steckley, OAC 1906A and BSA 1911, championed the need for a Western Ontario Agricultural School in Ridgetown (now Ridgetown Campus), which became a reality when the first class graduated in 1953. The Ridgetown Campus residence facility is named in his honour.

Hugh and Cassandra Loomans stand close together smiling

Young alumna tackles family business succession

After 10 years of working in the family business, Cassandra Loomans, B.Comm. ’07, is preparing to take the lead.

Many OAC alumni families are working through the difficult process of passing down farmland, ownership of a business or leadership of a company. Succession planning may be awkward at times, but when the two generations (or sometimes three) do it right, the process benefits everyone.

Dean, Tom and Scott Chudleigh stand together in front of faux apple tree

An Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree

It’s an old saying that holds true for the Chudleigh family. This story of third-generation apple entrepreneurs started in 1939 when Eric and Marion Chudleigh began apple farming in Dixie, ON. Eric imported a new experimental apple rootstock from England and started propagating trees that were size controlled by the rootstock.

Barb and Joe Maxwell sit on black iron bench in front of garden of purple wild flowers

The Maxwell Family: Investing in Agriculture

For some, farming is in their genes and every career path seems to always end up leading back to the land. Joe Maxwell comes from a long line of farmers who immigrated to Canada from England in 1854. He grew up working on his parents’ farm in Bruce County and in 1947 he left to attend the Ontario Agricultural College. By the time he graduated in 1951, he wanted to go his own way and had no desire to return to the farm.

An OAC Grad's Passion for Agriculture: Something to Last a Lifetime

A lot has happened in the past 100 years. From the first electric can opener to the first mobile phone, the human population has continually innovated and improved upon products of the past. However, to have something last 100 years is an uncommon feat.

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