September 29, 2016

In memory: Dr. William Garrett


September 29, 2016 – Dr. William N. Garrett, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis, passed away on September 18, 2016. Dr. Garrett, age 90, was an ASAS Fellow and a Past President of ASAS. He received the ASAS Morrison Award and was a recipient of the American Feed Industry Association Award in Nutrition Research.

Dr. Anita Oberbauer, Professor and Chair of the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis, writes: For those of you who did not know Bill, he was a longstanding faculty member in the Department of Animal Science, served as department chair, and received many accolades for his research in nutrition. He was instrumental in developing a comprehensive approach for feed evaluation, the California Net Energy System, served as President of the American Society of Animal Science (1983-1984), and was a leader at the national level for beef and sheep nutrition.

Beyond those professional attributes, Bill was a great mentor and colleague. From a personal perspective, Bill introduced me to nutrition research, allowing me to intern in his laboratory in Hart Hall as an undergraduate.  I am grateful for his kindness, wit, wisdom, and generosity of spirit.  I am sure many have personal recollections of Bill.

The family has let me know that there will not be a service but asks that if you would like to remember him at this time, to take a hike or go fishing, which is something Bill would surely appreciate.

Dr. Roberto Sainz, Professor in the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis, writes: Bill was a quiet, unassuming man who changed the face of cattle feeding in every part of the planet. Beef cattle everywhere are fed according to simple, universal rules he and Glen Lofgreen laid out. Very few scientists will ever have this kind of impact. Even so, Bill was a kind, generous colleague and mentor. We have lost one of the best ever.

A short biography of Dr. Garrett can be found here.