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Van Vliet, Hadley - 1973
Voldeng, Laverne Ole - 2007

PortraitHadley van Vliet

Hadley Van Vliet was born of immigrant Dutch parents on a farm near Quinton, Saskatchewan, where he completed his elementary and high school education. He received the Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, graduating with great distinction. The following two years he spent at the University of Wisconsin, and was awarded his Masterís degree.

Hadley Van Vliet started his teaching career in 1938 as instructor in agricultural economics at the University of Saskatchewan. He became assistant professor, and two years later was appointed professor and head of the department of agricultural economics, a position he held until his death.

Students held him in high regard, and his influence on them was a profound one. Three of his students became Rhodes scholars and many of them took awards of similar stature in Canada and abroad. Five were awarded the Governor Generalís medal as the most distinguished university graduates of the year. Among their numbers are to be found professors and teachers, cabinet ministers, government administrators and farm leaders. Others entered industry and business, and some returned to the farm. All, without exception, acknowledge a debt of gratitude to "Van" for his ability to shed understanding and enlightenment on the complex study of farm economics.

Hadley Van Vliet was as much at home in the country meeting hall as he was in the university classroom. Farmers looked to him to analyze and explain their pressing problems, and often to propose solutions for them. They grew to respect and admire him, not only for his brilliant mind, but also for his compassion and understanding.

He served a term as president of the Saskatchewan Agricultural Graduates association, another as President of the Saskatchewan Agricultural Economics Society. In 1968 he was named a Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada. He died suddenly in December, 1968, two days after he had given the principal paper at a meeting of the Saskatchewan branch of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society.

"Nominated for the Saskatchewan Agricultural
Hall of Fame by the Saskatchewan branch, Canadian Agricultural
Economics Society, 1973."

 

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