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Warren, William John Finley - 1973
Webster, Alexander James - 2001
Wesson, John Henry - 1973
Wheeler, Seager - 1972
White, William James - 1991
Whitehead, James - 1984
Whiting, Clifford Henry - 1992
Wildeman, Bradley Allan - 2008
Williams, Charles Melville "Red" - 1996
Williams, Sara E. - 2013
Williamson, Lily Campbell - 2007
Willmott, John Carman - 2005

PortraitCharles Melville "Red" Williams

Red Williams, teacher, animal scientist and involved citizen, was born in Regina March 18, 1925. Part way through high school in Calgary he joined the Royal Canadian Navy, serving on Murmansk convoys and in the invasion of France. When he returned to civilian life he completed high school, and obtained his BSA and MSA at the University of British Columbia and his doctorate at the Oregon State University, specializing in genetics.

From 1949 to 1951 he was assistant agricultural representative in Kamloops, British Columbia. He joined the University of Saskatchewan as assistant professor of animal science in 1954 and quickly established himself as an inspiring teacher and talented communicator. He was named teacher of the year for the School of Agriculture in 1992.

In 1963 he was named full professor and two years later added to this the role of senior extension specialist. He supervised students in studies of windbreaks, overhead shelters and straw bedding in support of the growing feedlot industry. He also studied effects of loose housing on dairy cattle, differences of hair coats of beef breeds and the nutrition of bison. From 1975 to 1983 he was head of the Animal and Poultry Science Department.

Risking unpopularity, he publicized dwarfism in beef cattle and made some statements on crossbreeding and the Crow transportation rates for which he was criticized initially. Redís leadership on animal care resulted in continual upgrading of federal legislation on the handling and transporting of livestock.

His colorful speaking style made him a popular choice for farmer conferences. In addition to his university work, he produced more than 300 newspaper columns, handled 1,500 rural and agriculture related speaking events and 4,000 radio editorials. He presented 14 briefs on land policy and development, two on education, four on Indian and Metis land use and management issues and 19 on issues related to developing countries he had visited on technical aid missions (Uganda, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Lesotho, Nicaragua, Malaysia, Hungary, China, USSR, Czechoslovakia, Brazil, Yugoslavia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, Somalia, Sudan and Mexico).

He promoted commercial agriculture on Saskatchewan Indian reserves and encouraged Indians and Metis to become involved in the NewStart program, of which he was chief executive officer. In 1970 he became special advisor to the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians, which led to his part in the creation of the Saskatchewan Indian Agricultural Program.

He served as president, western branch, Canadian Society of Animal Production in 1958; president of the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists, 1962-63; chairman, Saskatchewan Advisory Council on Animal Production, 1971-72.

He is a Member of the Order of Canada, Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada and an honorary life member of the Canadian Society of Extension. On his retirement from the University in 1992 he was named Professor Emeritus of the Animal Science Department but continues working as actively as before.

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