June 02, 2017

In memory: Dr. Wilson G. Pond

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ASAS has learned of the death of Dr. Wilson G. Pond on May 22, 2017. Dr. Pond served the society in many ways, including as an editor-in-chief of the Journal of Animal Science (1976-1978), as well as an ASAS president (1980-1981). He was an ASAS Fellow and received numerous national and international awards including the most prestigious award in Animal Science, the Morrison Award, for his career work in the field of non-ruminant nutrition.

According to Dr. Pond’s obituary, provided by his son, Dr. Kevin Pond (Colorado State University Department of Animal Sciences), memorials may be made to the ASAS Foundation Wilson G. Pond Appreciation Club, P.O. Box 7410, Champaign, IL 61826 or the Pond Dakota Mission Heritage Society, Bloomington, MN.

Obituary of Wilson Gideon Pond

February 16, 1930 – May 22, 2017

Wilson Gideon Pond, 87, of Columbus, Ohio peacefully went to be with his Heavenly Father on Monday May 22, 2017, from complications associated with Lewey Body Dementia.

Wilson was born on February 16, 1930 to Frank W. and Gladys (Miller) Pond where he was raised on a dairy farm with his four siblings in Bloomington, Minnesota. He developed a strong interest in animals and nutrition and earned a Bachelor of Science degree (1952) in Animal Husbandry and a Master of Science degree (1954) from the University of Minnesota. He then moved to Oklahoma A&M to complete a PhD degree (1957) in nutrition. He began his academic career in 1957 at Cornell University, where he served successively as assistant professor, associate professor, and professor in the Department of Animal Science with a joint appointment on the faculty of the Graduate School of Nutrition. In 1978, he was named Nutrition Research Leader at the Roman L. Hruska US Meat Animal Research Center (Clay Center, Nebraska) and adjunct professor, Department of Animal Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 1990, he became a Research Animal Scientist at the USDA Children’s Nutrition Research Center and adjunct professor, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. In 1997, he returned to Cornell University as a visiting professor, Department of Animal Science.

During his academic career, Pond served on graduate committees of over 50 PhD and MS degree candidates from all over the United States and the world and as supervisor of five postdoctoral fellows. His graduate and postdoctoral students have contributed to nutrition research focused on questions in commercial swine production and in use of the pig as an animal model for human nutrition. He published over 400 articles and 20 books. He served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Animal Science and President of the American Society of Animal Science and received dozens of national and international awards including the most prestigious award from Animal Science, the Morrison Award, for his career work in nutrition.

Wilson was a humble, caring and unassuming man with a great mind and work ethic who will be missed by many across the world.

Wilson is survived by his wife Marsha (Rocker) Pond; one son, Kevin Pond and his wife Janice; two step daughters, Marlowe Lichtenfeld and her husband Eric, Layla Perez and her husband Jay; seven grandchildren, Ansen Pond and his wife Kellie, Kendra Pond Burson and her husband Zack Burson, Nathan Pond and his wife Kelsey, Eliana Lichtenfeld, Benjamin Lichtenfeld, Sophia Perez and Haanel Perez; four great grandchildren, Kennedy Pond, Harrison Pond, Ryker Burson and Kreese Burson; former wife Ruth Nybakken Pond; as well as by numerous nieces and nephew and great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Everett and Stanley, and sisters Marylou Manning and Virginia Johnson Stolz.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday June 1, 2017 at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, 2200 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN. A reception and lunch at the church will follow grave side service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wilson G. Pond Appreciation Club at the American Society of Animal Science Foundation, P.O. Box 7410, Champaign, IL 61826 or the Pond Dakota Mission Heritage Society, Bloomington, MN.