University of Minnesota, 1953, MSc, Animal Genetics
University of Minnesota, 1955, PhD, Animal Genetics
Williams Hugh was born in New Westminster, BC, in 1928 and graduated with BSA (Major in Animal Science) in 1949. Dr Jack Berry was his advisor. He found UBC to be a real educational four-years experience in many ways, especially with so many returning WWII veterans on campus.
While at UBC in 1948 Bill became a Livestock Attendant on a slow cattle boat to Shanghai, China, along with fellow aggies Ron Tarves, Sig Peterson, Stan Burke, and Bob Reynolds. Following graduation in 1949 periods of time were spent with the BC Department of Agriculture, working with 4-H Livestock Clubs in the Fraser Valley. Subsequently Bill moved to a cattle ranch at Nicola Lake, then to a dairy farm in the Fraser Valley.
“In the fall of 1950, I married Joan MacDonald (BSA 1950) and headed for the University of Minnesota to commence graduate studies in Animal genetics under Dr L M Winters. In 1953 I completed my MSc and course work for a PhD. I ran out of funds and with a family in tow accepted a 9 month position with the newly formed Animal Science Department at California State Polytechnic College, Pomona. I returned for 2 summers to the University of Minnesota to complete my PhD thesis, which I obtained in 1955, and accepted a position with a Feed Company in Iowa to head up a swine breeding program.
In 1962, I headed west to accept a position with the Animal Science Department, University of Hawaii. Responsibilities included instruction, research and field extension activities in Swine Production. I also worked with the Department of Agriculture Livestock personnel in the South Pacific and Orient.
I retired in 1988. Joan passed away in 1989. I then decided to return to the Sunshine Coast of BC where we had purchased waterfront acreage in 1974. I am now enjoying the laid back lifestyle of this area.”