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Babiuk, Lorne Alan - 2013
Baker, Ralph - 1998
Beach, Dexter H.C. - 2010
Beatty, Guy Hunter - 1993
Beaujot, Pat - 2016
Bechard, Jerome - 1997
Beck, Thomas Victor - 2002
Beeler, Delcie Isobel - 2003
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Biggart, Robert Lynn Hampson - 1991
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Binnie, Frank - 1989
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Bobier, Thomas Griffin - 1983
Boden, Edward Arthur - 1988
Boyes, Lindsay John - 1997
Brack, Robert Edward - 2010
Bradley, Bill - 1985
Braidek, John George ( Jack ) - 2015
Brandt, John - 1974
Braun, Linda - 2016

Brown, Jacob - A. 1986
Bryce, W.H. Scotty - 1977
Buchan, John Alexander Joseph - 2009

PortraitDexter H.C. Beach

Dexter Beach devoted much of his engineering career to the development and improvement of Saskatchewan's rapeseed (canola) processing industry and in so doing helped to usher in a new era of opportunity for many Prairie farmers.

Dexter was born on a family farm near Ernfold in 1916. His parents were determined to give their 12 kids a proper education. Dexter completed his Grade 12 in 1934 and then farmed alongside his father from 1934 to 1941 to help provide for the family. Dexter graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1945.

 

In the early 1950s, Dexter and his wife Margaret farmed near Munson, Alberta, but a series of crop failures put them out of business. In 1954, Dexter started teaching full time as an assistant professor at the University of Saskatchewan. In 1958, he traveled to Melbourne, Australia to enter a Master's program. He received his Master's degree in 1959.

In the early 1960s, Dexter designed the Agra Vegetable Oil Products Limited plant at Nipawin. He also sought out investors to support it, put his own labor into its construction and supervised its startup. The first flow of crude rapeseed oil from the plant occurred in July 1963. Farmers responded to the opportunity to sell their crop locally and the production of rapeseed mushroomed.

Over the years, there were many expansions to the Agra facility, including the addition of a vegetable oil refinery, followed by a margarine production plant. Agra Industries sold its Nipawin assets to the Saskatchewan and Manitoba Wheat Pools in 1974 and it was operated as CSP Foods. In 2009, the facility was sold to Bunge.

Over a period of decades, Dexter returned again and again to teaching at the university. He was frequently retained on special projects, working in El Salvador and India. While he worked on a wide range of engineering projects, he was considered a foremost Canadian expert on oilseed crushing.

Dexter Beach died on September 13, 2004.

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