University of British Columbia, 1949, BSc, Agriculture (Animal Husbandry)


Ron Tarves was born in Cloverdale, BC, in 1925. He received a BSA (Animal Husbandry) in 1949.

Following graduation Mr Tarves took up the post of District Agriculturist with the BC Department of Agricultural Extension and Development at Quesnel, serving the North Cariboo. In 1956 he resigned rather than accept a transfer to Smithers. Instead he accepted a temporary position with the Department of Highways Engineering Division at Quesnel. Working from surveyor’s field notes he calculated cut and fill requirements for cross-sections of grade right of way, completing the section from Quesnel to Hixon in two months.

In 1957 Ron joined the CBC Farm and Fisheries Department. There he expanded programming to cover the broad field of natural resources, on radio and TV.

After sixteen and a half years this led to his joining the Institute of Environmental Studies and Continuing Education Department at Douglas College, in 1974. In that position he served for three years as a member of the Canada Public Works Environmental Impact Assessment Committee for the Fraser River Shipping Channel Project.

In 1980 he joined Kwantlen College in the capacity of Continuing Education and Contract Services. In the spring of 1980 he took a years leave of absence to serve as a Communications consultant to the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, BC, and Yukon region. He returned to Kwantlen College until retirement in 1990.

Mr Tarves served for 15 years on the BC Agricultural Coordination Committee at UBC. He was a member of the Social Science group and liaison member to the Animal Science group. He also served 4 years on the Surrey Economic Development Committee. A Charter member of the BC Farm Machinery and Agricultural Museum in Fort Langley, he has served 44 years on the Board of Directors.

Mr Tarves and his wife Mary live in Ocean Park, South Surrey. He has 4 children from his first marriage; Ron, Michelle, Lynn and Ian.

R Blair 2002

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