University of British Columbia, 1950, BSA, Soil Science
University of British Columbia, 1955, MSA, Soil Science
Washington State University, 1969, PhD, Soils, Plant Ecology
Albert Van Ryswyk was born in Castor, Alberta, in 1928 and graduated with a BSA (Soils) in 1950.
“Upon graduation I took a summer job with the BC Soil Survey (BCSS) in Kelowna, BC. Fortunately by fall, an appointment to do soil survey work with the UBC Doukhobor study group, directly under Dr C A Rowles, was appreciated and led to my MSA in Soils (1955). Then a permanent job, again with BCSS, began four happy experience-filled years. The spring of 1958 was a banner one for me, with a permanent appointment to Agriculture Canada, Kamloops (then the Experimental Farms Service) and marriage to Alwilda Audrey Minette.
Educational leave to Washington State University culminated in the award of a PhD (Soils, Plant Ecology) (1969) after a long thesis struggle.
Meanwhile Alwilda gained her BEd (Phys Ed). In the process two fine sons appeared, Leonard and John.”