Raymond Lockard was born in Patricia, Alberta, in 1925 and received a BSA in 1949. He then entered graduate school and obtained an MSA in Horticulture, University of Idaho (1951), and a PhD in Plant Physiology, University of London, England (1956).
During the period 1954-67 Dr Lockard undertook several foreign assignments, with Canadian Foreign Aid in Malaysia and Ghana, and with a United Nations (FAO) project, in the Philippines. In 1967 he returned to North America and took up the position of Professor of Horticulture, University of Kentucky. Later he continued his foreign aid work, leading a USAID Project in Liberia, supervised by Louisiana State University (1981-84) and a USAID Project in the Yemen Arab Republic, supervised by California Polytechnic, Pomona (1985-88).
During his professional career Dr Lockard published over 50 technical papers, mostly in refereed journals. In 1972 he received the L M Ware Research Award.
Among his recollections of student days at UBC, Dr Lockard has fond memories of Dr Barss. “He was a good lecturer and a kind person, very interested in his students. He recommended me for a Fellowship at the University of Idaho, where I got my Master’s degree.” Another recollection was “judging chickens for egg-laying capacity in which one “hen” was a rooster with its comb cut off !”
Dr Lockard retired in 1988 and lived in Pennsylvania where his wife (Joyce Powers) worked for the Salk Institute. When she retired from her position in 1996 Dr and Mrs Lockard moved to Portland, Oregon where they now reside. They have three children.