Craig Brownlee was born in Rouleau, Saskatchewan, in 1929 and obtained the degree of BSA (Soil Science) in 1951. After two years of post-graduate studies at UBC he joined the Soil Survey Branch, BC Department of Agriculture as a Soil Surveyor in Kelowna in 1954. Later he became a Soils Extension Specialist in Irrigation and Drainage, working primarily with growers in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys. He had a close liaison with Dr J C Wilcox and later Dr D S Stevenson of the Summerland Research Station on irrigation requirements of soils. He recommended irrigation requirements of soils in the in the Okanagan and Similkameen Districts. In recognition of his achievements and service he received a Life Member Award from the Association of BC Irrigation Districts.
Later Mr Brownlee became Assistant Director of the Soils Branch and retired from that position in 1988. He resides in Kelowna, BC, with wife Beryl and they have one daughter (Debra) and two sons (Bruce and Michael).
Recollections of student life at UBC include:
“Bringing our lunch in the early days and gathering in the car pool car for our lunch breaks; slugging through the rain to classes that seemed to be at every building on campus, then sitting in a wet raincoat through the lecture; in later years taking the bus to and from home to Richmond , often late in the evening; trying to find reference material in the Library stacks; gathering at the Soils Hut 023 to study (?) and meet classmates and grad students working on their Masters; a memory of good friends; and great respect for Drs D G Laird, C A Rowles and Bert Brink, to name a few.”