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MacFarlane, John Duncan -1979
MacKay, Angus - 1973
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McKercher, Robert (Bob) - 2017
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PortraitRobert Barrie McKercher

Bob McKercher pioneered work on soil tests for fertilizer recommendations and on crop protection products in a distinguished career with the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Agriculture.

Born to a grain farming family southeast of Rosetown, Bob was educated at Idaleen one-room rural and Rosetown schools. Degrees, BA and BSA‘54, and MSc‘56 followed at the University of Saskatchewan. He was the first Departmental Assistant in Soil Science overseeing lab instruction, province wide field strip fertilizer testing, soil testing and analyses, and extension work. Bob’s fieldwork helped form the basis for phosphate fertilizer recommendations from the Soil Testing Lab.  

In 1963, he began his Ph.D. research studying soil phosphorus at the Macaulay Institute for Soil Research in Aberdeen, Scotland. Returning to Saskatoon, with his Scottish wife Norma, he was appointed Assistant Professor, Department of Soil Science. He researched soil organic phosphates and soil applied pesticides resulting in numerous scientific papers.  

Recognized as an innovative teacher of agriculture students, Bob was also a gifted administrator. From 1984 to 1992, he played a major role in the building plans for the new College of Agriculture building.

In 1992, Bob conducted further research on phosphorus cycling in forest soils while on sabbatical in New Zealand. On his return, Bob was appointed Associate Dean, College of Graduate Studies and Research.  In this role, he assisted graduate students as needed from some 42 departments on campus.

In 1997, he returned to the College of Agriculture as Assistant Dean (Planning) for one year to chair a reactivated College Building Committee for the sixth floor addition to the building.

A strong supporter of the Saskatchewan Agricultural Graduates’ Association, Bob served in many executive positions and was awarded an Honorary Life membership in 1988. He was a Board Member, Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame (SAHF) for 11 years.

Bob is co-author of the book, “The Sodbusters Vision: an Agriculture Building for the University of Saskatchewan” published in 2017.

 

 

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