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Bill Tossell

About the Interviewee: 
Head Dept of Crop Science, OAC 1964-66. Assoc. Dean OAC 1966-70. Dean of Research, Univ. of Guelph 1970-89

Bill grew up on a farm near Binbrook, entered OAC at the age of 17 in the fall of 1943 and graduated in the Field Husbandry option in 1947. He obtained his MSA in 1948 and joined the faculty of the Department of Field Husbandry. He took leave-of-absence and completed his PhD at the University of Wisconsin in 1952. On his return to OAC, he was responsible, along with Don Huntley for the development of the Field Crop Recommendations program. He was Head of the Crop Science Department during the transition to the Federated Colleges and then the University of Guelph. He became the Associate Dean of OAC in 1966 with responsibility for establishing the research and extension contract between the University and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food. He was appointed as the first Dean of Research and oversaw the rapid expansion in research at the University. He was also heavily involved in international agriculture, serving on the board of a number of International Agriculture Institutes and as Chair of the Centre for Plant Genetic Research Resources in Rome. For these efforts, he was one of the first recipients of the Agriculture Institute of Canada International Award.

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Interview Date: 
D. Murray Brown
Call Number: 
RE1 UOG A1340104