Section Awarded: National
Donald C. Beitz, Morrison Award
Sponsored by F. B. Morrison Fund
Donald C. Beitz was raised on an Illinois Guernsey dairy farm, where he developed an intense interest in Cardinal baseball. He attended the University of Illinois and Michigan State University. In 1967, he joined the Animal Science and Biochemistry faculties at Iowa State University, where he is now Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture. He teaches biochemistry classes and advises agricultural biochemistry students. His research has focused on milk fever and ketosis; beef tenderness; mitochondrial DNA; and dietary control of milk fat, body composition, and plasma cholesterol. He has directed 94 advanced degree programs. He and his lovely wife, Judy, have two children and five grandchildren.