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Hall of Fame & Hall of Merit

The Olds College Alumni Association gives special award to alumni or former college staff who have distinguished themselves by making significant contributions to Olds College, the community, society, and/or their chosen career or industry.

Stop by the lower level of the Learning Resource Centre to see the Alumni Hall of Fame (eligible to alumni age 41 years or older) and Alumni Hall of Merit (eligible to alumni age 40 years or younger) inductees.

The Olds College Alumni Association (OCAA) is now accepting nominations for the Hall of Fame (eligible to alumni age 41 years or older) and Hall of Merit (eligible to alumni age 40 years or younger) awards for 2024. These awards recognize the recipients contributions to Olds College, the community, society, and/or their chosen vocation.

Nominate an Olds College of Agriculture & Technology alumni or former college staff by completing the nomination form and submitting it to

Nominations close on February 16, 2024. We look forward to awarding the selected winners at our Dinner of Distinction on March 15, 2024

Hall of Fame/Hall of Merit Inductees

  • npeters.jpgIn the 1980s, Nick generously shared his expertise and love for saddle making, leading a popular course that quickly became one of the most sought-after programs at Olds College. With a class size of only 15 and a waiting list of over 100 students eager to learn from him, it is evident that Nick's dedication to nurturing the talents of the younger generation has left an enduring impact. We celebrate his profound engagement with Olds College students, his immeasurable impact on the community of Olds, and his invaluable contributions to the leatherwork industry. 

  • avilleneuve.jpgDuring his time as a student at Olds College, Alex's passion for sustainability and innovation led him to establish Ceres Solutions, a company that has redefined the agricultural and brewmaster industries. His journey commenced with a simple yet ingenious idea – to grow specialty mushrooms on spent brewers' grains, an abundant by-product discarded by craft breweries. As his venture flourished, Alex continued to maintain a strong connection with the college, seeking collaborative opportunities to further elevate his ideas. Beyond just being a successful alumnus, Alex has actively given back to Olds College, sharing his journey and expertise with current students.  Olds College is immensely proud to have played a part in Alex's journey, and his induction into the Hall of Merit serves as a testament to the institution's mission of transforming agriculture for a better world.

  • mkaun.jpgMark graduated from the Olds College Crop Production Technology program in 1978. Mark is a successful seed grower, and owner and operator of their family run business Kaun’s Seeds Ltd. At Kaun’s Seeds Ltd, he uses various precision farming tools and continues to learn about the latest technologies in agriculture. Mark has given his time and resources generously to the College, serving two terms as a public member of the Olds College Board of Governors. As a Board member, Mark chaired the External Relations Committee where his passionate advocacy for the College was influential.

    Mark generously hosted partners and friends of Olds College on his farm. Since leaving the board, Mark continues to be involved in the agriculture industry and Olds College. Mark is currently serving as a member of the Werklund Governance Team and continues to share his ideas about the agriculture industry with  the College. He is passionate about the land and agriculture. An amazing long-term supporter and advocate, Mark has been donating to Olds College since he graduated from the Crop Production Technology program in 1978. That’s over 40 years of support to Olds College! Mark was also a Director and President of the Olds College Alumni Association from 1982-1992. He was also a director and president of the Alberta Branch Canadian Seed Growers Association for 10 years. Mark sat on the organizing committee for the World Plowing Match in 2013 hosted by Olds College.

  • mlethbridge.jpgMegan graduated from the Land and Water Resources Diploma at Olds College, majoring in Environmental Stewardship and Rural Planning in 2015. Megan then came back to graduate with the Business Management Certificate at Olds College in 2016 with Honors. While going to school, she also was the Vice President and President of the Student Association of Olds College. Megan is the owner of her business Prairie Heart Farm Florals where she plants, harvests and sells cut flowers since 2019. Not only has Megan started her own business, but she has created a community through her flower farm. Additionally, Megan currently works at the Camrose Regional Exhibition and Agriculture Society as a Agriculture Liaison.

  • mwatson.jpgMarguerite graduated in 1962 from Home Economics at Olds College. Marguerite undertook the task of Class Agent for 1961 & 1962 Olds College graduating classes and still to this day is keeping in touch with classmates. Marguerite married Charles Watson, who is also an Olds College alum, and together they raised two children. Marguerite has put in countless hours volunteering at the College. In 2002, Marguerite donated 12 varieties of Asiatic lilies and 6 types of Heritage Irises to the Olds College botanical garden where they are still blooming. Marguerite has fundraised for the College Centennial and the Alumni Association, on multiple occasions, and volunteered at past summer reunions. In 2016, Marguerite joined the Alumni Association board and served for two years. Aside from her various contributions to Olds College, Marguerite is also an active member within her community.

  • jchristie.jpgJamie graduated from the Olds College Agricultural Service Technician Apprenticeship in 2008. With a passion for moving agriculture forward, Jamie has always had a focus on land and resource utilization on their 4th generation farm. Jamie is a managing partner at Arns Brae Farms Ltd, a mixed grain and cattle farm located in Trochu, Alberta. On their farm, Jamie has implemented various new technologies, including Controlled Traffic Farming as co-operator with CTF Alberta’s research project. Jamie is also widely involved with the agriculture industry. He was the Board Chair for the Three Hills and District Seed Cleaning Plant for 11 years, was an Alberta Barley Commission delegate for 10 years, and has sat on the CTF Alberta steering committee for the past 6 years.

  • Tony NicholsTony Nichols graduated from the two and one Agriculture program in 1960. On completion, Tony began farming with his father Charles, on a mixed farm operation of grain production and cattle. Sixty years later, he continues his father's legacy of farming with his own son - Michael, who also attended Olds College in 1986. His son Phillip is also an 1986 Alumni of Olds College.

    When asked about his time at Olds College, Tony noted, “I learned to work with groups of people outside my family, I volunteered to work on advertising for the yearbook, and later used this knowledge in working with members of the community”.

    Tony’s list of accomplishments include: 4H Beef and Multi Club Leader for 23 years; Castor Elks Club Member and Chair; Alberta Cattle commission delegate; Town of Castor Deputy Mayor and Victim Services representative; Castor and District Ag Society Board Chair; and was awarded the 1998 Farm Family Award and the 2005 Alberta Centennial Medal of Honor.

  • Lynn Dargis

    Lynn Dargis graduated from the Agriculture Production program in 2006. Upon completion, Lynn returned home to Cold Lake, Alberta where she took over operation of her family's farm, got married and gave birth to her three children. Since then, Lynn has been busy being a self proclaimed “farmpreneur'', having founded two start up businesses — Dargis Seed and Feed 2008 Ltd, and Farmbucks Inc, a prize-winning app that compares grain prices, and co-founded Helix Oilfield.

    Lynn has been awarded the 2020 Pitch for the Purse by Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, 2019 Farmer's Choice Award by AgInnovations Agritrade, 2019 Most Promising Startup category by Canada's, and the 2019 Telus Pitch Competition.

  • Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel

    Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel graduated from the Agriculture Business diploma program majoring in finance in 2002 with Distinction. Upon completion, Cherilyn has been busy farming and raising her two daughters in Mossbank, Saskatchewan, growing durum wheat, chickpeas, barley, canola and lentils. Cherilyn’s list of accomplishments include: being named the youngest and first female president of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association; Saskatchewan's Most Influential Women by SaskBusiness Magazine; International Director for the Global Farmer Network; Training Programs facilitator for Farm and Food Care; Board member of the Saskatchewan Bus Company (STC); Board member of SaskPower; member of the Agriculture Development Fund through the Sk. Ministry of Agriculture; 2008-2017 Chair of the Sask Agri Value Initiative (SAVI); International Director Global Farmer Network board; and awarded 2012 Agricultural IMPACT award at Grow Canada Conference, and the 2014 Queen’s Bench Diamond Jubilee Medal.

  • Sandra has been a positive force within the Alumni Association while serving as a Director 1991-1993, 2001-2002, 2004-2005 and as President in 2006-2007. She was instrumental in the development of the Olds College Alumni Association museum, devoting thousands of hours fashioning, cataloguing, organizing, and manning the museum. She is a proud and passionate advocate for the Olds College Alumni Association and museum, clearly demonstrating her commitment in 2016 when asked to come back to help re-establish and enhance the importance of the museum with the College, to which she did with no hesitation.

    She has been a board member and/or volunteer/supporter, over the years with multiple organizations/groups/clubs - Calgary Zoo; Calgary Brewery Aquarium & Gardens; Alberta Girls In Training; Acme Legion; Acme Women's Fastball Club; World Wildlife Association through a promotion and campaign membership; Didsbury Museum; Yeoford Community Association; Alberta 55 Plus Senior Games through the 1998 games promotion / campaign; Medicine River Wildlife Centre; Olds College Alumni Association; Alberta Hunter Education Instructor Association (AHEIA) - Alford Lake Conservation Education Centre; Olds, Innisfail, and Alberta Horseshoes Associations; Olds Legion helping with horse races, 50/50 draws, and shuffleboard club; Town of Olds yearly garbage clean up; and the Olds College Alumni Museum Committee.

    Sandra MacKinnon-Jahn is a self-motivated leader, with a common sense approach to life, who has gone above and beyond her work and personal life to accomplish what is required. She is a fine example of the spirit and the 'stuff ' a person needs to be made of, to become a recipient of the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame award.

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  • David DoyleDavid J. Doyle, Heavy Equipment Technician grad (2007) was welcomed as the third inductee into the Hall of Merit. David’s volunteerism extends past Olds College and into the Community where he is quite active with various organizations. As chair of the ARHCA Human Resources Committee, he has helped create pathways for those in the industry and has provided a number of training and educational opportunities, including working with Alberta Industry and trade in developing program curriculum.

    In addition to being an Olds College alumni, supporter, and guest lecturer, David has shown support to the College by attending numerous events, making personal and corporate donations to the College, and becoming a genuine Olds College supporter in the community.

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  • After O.S.A., Phil enrolled in the U. of A., Faculty of Agriculture. He graduated in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science Degree, specializing in Plant and Soils science. Phil enjoyed numerous roles: district agriculturist; radio farm commentator; author; and alberta provincial oilseed specialist. Phil has received many awards including induction into the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame. At Olds College, he established various training courses pertaining to seed technology. Thank you for your contributions to agriculture in Alberta and worldwide - Mr Canola - Phil Thomas.

    Inducted into the Olds College Alumni Association Hall of Fame July 16, 2017.

  • Jim TsujitaJim graduated from OSA in 1956. Following that, he completed a B.Sc. in Agronomy and Horticulture from Utah State University and a Masters of Science in Plant Science from the University of Alberta. Jim returned to Olds College in 1964 as an instructor in Plant Science and Horticulture. Jim then attained his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in Horticulture, specializing in Floriculture. In 1974, he was granted a tenured position in the Hort. Science department at the University of Guelph. Jim retired in 1995 and was named Professor Emeritus.

    Inducted into the Olds College Alumni Association Hall of Fame July 24, 2016.

  • Grant CantinGrant Cantin graduated from the Ornamental Horticulture program in 2000 and is currently employed as the Deputy Head Groundsman at the All England Tennis and Croquet Club, home of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. As a student at Olds College, Grant took great interest in his program and was an active member of the Turf Club. Grant has always been an ambassador for Olds College not just within Alberta, but internationally. Grant has definitely left his legacy on our campus through his support, his drive, his ambition and his passion for his alma mater, Olds College.

    Admitted into the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 19, 2015

  • Lynn McDonaldLynn immediately after graduation began his Olds College career, retiring after 37 years. Lynn contributed as a student, instructor, friend, colleague and mentor. He has never forgotten his roots, friends or his college. He was an inspiration to students both in and out of the classroom and continues to promote Olds College to everyone he meets. Lynn has received recognition for his contributions with instructional awards, community awards plus awards on provincial and international levels. When speaking of Olds College one cannot help but mention – Lynn McDonald.

    Admitted into the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 19, 2015

  • Murray BatesMurray graduated from NAIT Polytechnic and McEwan University in Biological Science - Ecology and Criminology. He attended the Edmonton Policy Academy. In 1974 he was hired as an Alberta fish and wildlife officer. He was stationed in Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Slave Lake, Cochrane and Medicine Hat. During his 35-year career Murray amassed 1500 poaching convictions, including Alberta’s largest. He received a commendation from the United States for solving an international wildlife crime. Murray has published five books on poaching and the Alberta Game Warden profession.

    Admitted into the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 19, 2015

  • Leona DargisLeona Dargis, graduate of Agribusiness program 2005, and Bachelor of Applied Science program in 2007 - with distinction. Academic Vice President of OCSA, member of the Agriculture Advocate Group and student volunteer to the Food Council of Alberta, Valedictorian 2005, Outstanding Student of the Year Award in 2005. Sponsored by Olds College to attend the Royal Agriculture Society of the Commonwealth, serving as Trustee, Vice-Facilitator and Facilitator in 2012. Recipient of a Nuffield Scholarship, studying "Diversification of the family farm" in several countries 2012. Assisted in organizing Olds College Centennial Homecoming in 2013

    Admitted into the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 18, 2014

  • Edith EdgeEdith Edge graduated from the Olds School of Agriculture in 1951. She had always been involved in agriculture and outdoor activities, volunteering for a plethora of community events. She worked in the oil patch as well as cooking and guiding for trail rides, pack trips, and hunting camps in the Northwest Territories. She credits much of her cooking skills to Miss Mcintyre's excellent teaching expertise. For 25 years she ranched at Stavely, raising Black Angus and Hereford Cross Cattle. Edith has been a constant volunteer with the Calgary Stampede Board, Alberta high School Rodeo Association, Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation in Cochrane as well as the Olds College Alumni Association.

    Admitted into the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 18, 2014

  • Sandy HassSandy graduated from the Animal Health Technology diploma program in 1984. In the intervening years, she has served her classmates as a class historian and organizing class reunions every five years at Olds College summer reunion. She has volunteered tirelessly in various roles in her AHT profession both in her province of Saskatchewan, Nationally, and Internationally, as well Sandy volunteered in her community for schools, athletic teams, 4H, and her church. She has been honoured with a community volunteer award, Saskatchewan lieutenant governors award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award. Sandy Hass is an alumni who is very proud of her Olds College education opportunity and has used it the benefit many people along her pathway since graduation.

    Admitted into the Olds College Alumni Association Hall of Fame July 19, 2013

  • Laurinda ParkinsonLaurinda has always shown a commitment and connection to her college. Laurinda raised 2 sons and encouraged the appreciation of Agriculture on the irrigated Grain and Sheep Farm. Laurinda helped raise awareness of the value of sheep as a diversified livestock program as she lambed out 330 ewes and did food promotion of lamb in grocery stores. She has volunteered in her community through Girl Guides of Canada, her church, Motocross, Air Cadets and in the Order of the Eastern Star. Because of Laurinda’s commitment, OCAA and the Office of Advancement have worked closely to ensure the partnership between Alumni and the college remains strong and continues to grow. Laurinda has acted as a class agent for 20 years and a member on the OCAA Board since 2003. Serving as a Treasurer, and President from 2008 to 2011. She also sits on the Centennial Governance team. Laurinda proudly represents and promotes Olds College in everyday situations.

    Admitted into the Olds College Alumni Association Hall of Fame July 20, 2012

  • Berta and Marion PowleslandBert and Marion have worked for over 65 years for the betterment of Olds College and their community. As O.S.A. Students, both exhibited leadership qualities that were beneficial to the student body. Bert was a member of the yearbook staff and president of the literary society. They have been class agents for a number of years, donated many artifacts to the college and have faithfully attended Open House and summer reunions. The contributions they have made to the Agricultural sector and their community is immeasurable. Bert was instrumental in helping electricity, telephone and gas arrive in their district. He showed, sold and judged Hereford Cattle throughout Canada. Marion helped with organizing the Westbrook School Fair. For fifty years she has judged baking. Both received numerous awards for volunteering in their community, and were inducted into the Hereford Hall of Fame and the Canadian Hereford Honour Roll.

    Admitted into the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 15, 2011

  • David CormackDave served two sessions as president of the Alumni Association, was a member of the Olds College Foundation for 6 years, has been class agent for the class of ‘47 for 15 years and helped with the Alumni Museum restoring old furniture, and similar projects. For 24 years he taught in drama, chemistry, physics, television, and some woodworking in Calgary high schools. Sharing his knowledge and philosophy of helpfulness with hundreds of students. From 1967 to 1947 he was head of Calgary and Regional Educational Television, which was then absorbed in to access. He received numerous awards for his teaching. He and his wife, Jo, set the Jo and Dave Cormack bursary fund for Drama at U of A. he has carried on the Drama Society, St. Peter’s Players, started with Jo 40 years ago, a major fundraiser, besides doing many other jobs at St. Peter’s Anglican Church. “Helpful, humorous and humble” sums up Dave.

    Admitted into the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 16, 2010

  • Jim StoneInstructor at Olds College 34 years. Jim’s innovative mind led him to make significant contributions to Olds College, his local community, to the province of Alberta as well as national and international projects. A mechanic, welder, electrician, inventor, grazer, a mentor to everyone. His tremendous ingenuity has led him to make outstanding contributions within his chosen vocation of Agricultural Mechanics as well as supporting society through creative and innovative projects. Jim is deeply committed to his family and community. Jim is a “Rock”.

    Admitted into the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 17, 2009

  • B.J. GodwinBuck Godwin founded and nurtured the Horticulture program at the Olds College by giving unstintingly of his time and expertise to any who expressed a desire to learn. He was a gentle and intelligent mentor instilling a love for Horticulture in students, alumni, colleagues, customers, community members and those in, or entering, the floral / horticulture business. He, along with the industry representatives, was instrumental in developing the annual Hort Week program to provide opportunities for continued learning for the community and floral industry. After retiring, Buck remained actively involved in Horticulture, still teaching students, and collaborating with Olds College research. The Godwin family also contributed significantly to the student scholarships and bursaries. Buck Godwin made numerous contributions at the provincial, national and international levels and received countless awards and recognitions for his exemplary efforts toward the betterment of the Horticulture community as a whole.

    Admitted into the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 17, 2009

  • Dr. Ted ValliTed is known as a great student, veterinarian, teacher, author and lecturer in North America, Europe, South America, Africa, and has worked with the W.H.O (World Health Organization). Ted is known for overcoming adversity and is actively involved in bicycling, touring, sailing, amateur radio and is involved in the Canadian Legion. Ted graduated first in his class from O.S.A. in 1953.

    Admitted into the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 18, 2008

  • Julie CalderwoodJulie Calderwood’s energy has been pivotal to numerous college successes, however her volunteer commitment reaches far beyond the campus. She is involved in the Rotary Club of Olds initiatives, which includes travelling to and delivering wheelchairs to three countries. She has been involved in several agricultural related community initiatives, and hosted 30 students through the International Agricultural Exchange Association over a 10 year period. Julie is the past President of the Alumni Association, former member of the Board of Governors and past Director on the Olds College foundation. She was the 2005 Chair of the Growing the Legacy Gala, and is instrumental in the agricultural advocates program, and sponsors two student scholarships called the “Giddy - Up and Go” awards. Julie was one of the first female valedictorian for her graduating class. She has been a mentor to other people around her, paving new trails and motivating others.

    Admitted into the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 20, 2007

  • Cyril McAndrewsMr. Cyril (Cy) McAndrews has enjoyed a long and influential career since graduating from the Olds School of Agriculture. Dedicated to his community and the Agriculture industry, Cy held various positions within Alberta Agriculture from 1950 until 1983, including assistant deputy minister. He was the Vice President of an international commission on irrigation, drainage and flood control for three years, and spent three years as a Canadian Director of a Canadian International development agency in Indonesia.

    Admitted into Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 14, 2006

  • Clara MontgomeryClara has been a Jovial Leader in her community and in her career for over 60 years. She is loyal in her dedication to family, church and community, and is a committed volunteer. Clara’s contributions include: Award-winning exhibitor (and later provincial judge) of fruits, vegetables and flowers; Designer of pictorial signs on many walking trails and museums; Instrumental in researching, writing and producing Morin's History Book; Honorary life member of the Alberta Horticulture Association; Founding member of the Royal Tyrrell Museum Society and Canadian Passion Play.

    Admitted into the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 16, 2004

  • Harvey BuckleyHarvey has been instrumental in Agricultural leadership and actively in community organizations for over 40 years. A dedicated family man and recipient of a number of accolades including: Achievement Award of Excellence in Agriculture (1986), Confederation of Canada 125th Anniversary medal (1992), Community Builder Award - Cochrane Chamber of Commerce (1995) and Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame Inductee (1997).

    Admitted into the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 18, 2003

  • Bob BoultonAfter graduating from Olds College, Bob returned to the family farm to continue a tradition that is now, with his sons, five generations old. His commitment and service to his community and surrounding areas have been and continue to be moral obligations he takes seriously. His volunteer experience have included directorships with several associations in the Elnora United Church, and the the Trenville Park. He has virtually a lifetimes association with the 4-H movement at the district, regional, provincial and national levels, and was recognized for his efforts in 1991 with an induction into the Alberta 4-H hall of Fame. His invaluable service to Olds College Alumni Association started as a director in 1994, and continued through sequential terms as Vice President and President. Bob is a man of high integrity and strong moral fibre. He is full of purpose and drive and is greatly respected and admired for these and other fine qualities.

    Admitted into the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 19, 2002

  • Nellie WatsonNellie, a life-long volunteer, graciously gives her free time to a number of organizations and causes while attending Olds College. She sat on the student executive, was a member of the student newspaper and yearbook staffs & sang in the choir. She was chosen class valedictorian. Since then she has become a charter member, and continues to be involved with, the Evarts Community Club. Volunteers with the Benalto Presbyterian Church, Evarts Ladies and, Canadian Scouting Movement, Various 4-H clubs, the MS Society, Cancer Society, and the Central Alberta Regional Museum Association. She has acted as an Olds College class agent since 1992. Actively assisting in the 50th & 55th reunions for the class 1946. In 2000 she organized the JMB Courtyard Project. Raising over $9000 to date. Nellie’s enthusiasm & warm smile are contagious & highly admired by all those whose lives she touches.

    Admitted into the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 19, 2002

  • Robert LuceBob is a man dedicated to family, education, career, community, and church. He has carried on the family farming tradition and has since passed that on to his son. He faithfully served the Olds College Alumni Association for 11 years. Holding numerous positions on the Board of Directors. With the help of his wife Donna, he served as host at many Alumni reunions. Bob’s involvement in the Crestomere community has been life long and includes the Dakota United Church, Meadowbrook church, Dakota Curling Club, Ponoka County Agricultural Fair, and the Ponoka battle River Wheelers Square Dance Club. He was a member of, and often took leadership roles, in many other junior and senior level agricultural clubs. He has been a volunteer weather observer for 35 years. Bob exemplifies Christian values and is fair and compassionate to all that he meets.

    Admitted to the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 20, 2001

  • Frank and Gerda Marriotthe Marriotts have shown a progressive and life-long commitment to Agriculture having farmed in southern Alberta since the 1950’s. Gerda served as Olds College Alumni officer from 1982 - 1994. As well, both worked tirelessly as volunteers at numerous reunions. Their community involvement together included the Conrich Home and School Association, and the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Calgary individually. Frank volunteered with the Strathmore Feeders Association, Bethany Care Centre, East Olds Feeders Association, Foothills Forage Association, and the Elks Lodge in Olds. Gerda Volunteered with the Chestermere Farm Women's Association and the Olds Agricultural Society. Both have demonstrated a strong commitment to their community, church, college, and family.

    Admitted into the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 20, 2001

  • Robert Bertram ChurchDr. Church is a graduate of Olds College and also holds a B.Sc. M.Sc. and Ph.D. His research in developmental genetics genome organization and embryo manipulation has resulted in over two hundred publications and invited presentations around the world. Bob was named Klinck Lecturer of the Agricultural Institute of Canada in 1988. Inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1991. Received the Alberta order of Excellence in 1993. Awarded Teaching Excellence awards from the University of Calgary and named Professor Emeritus of the Faculty of Medicine. Bob is truly a “Renaissance Man” as a scientist, educator, rancher, member of numerous private and public-sector boards and strong supporter of Olds College.

    Admitted into the Olds College Hall of Fame July 14, 2000

  • Edith WalkerA tireless advocate and volunteer for the Olds College Alumni Association. Edith served on the executive from 1986 to 1996 she has been active with 4-H for over 36 years. Starting as a leader and holding executive positions at local and national levels. The ultimate volunteer. Edith has spent countless hours volunteering for numerous organizations and charities in her community. Her talent for producing handicrafts to raise funds has been a real asset to the organizations with which she has been involved operation a mixed farm for 44 years. Edith and husband Bill were inducted to the Wetaskiwin Hall of Fame by the Wetaskiwin Agriculture Society in 1996 for their fine example of community spirit and dedication to agriculture.

    Admitted into the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 16, 1999

  • Howard McDonaldHoward Macdonald has spent a lifetime tirelessly promoting Agriculture whenever and wherever he could. He has served on the Boards of Calgary Stampede the Alberta & Canadian Shorthorn Associations, and was instrumental in the development of the Western Heritage Centre, Regina Agribition and the International Agriculture Committee for the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede. Always willing to take on leadership positions, he served his community through the Lions Clubs, the Chamber of Commerce, Alberta lotteries and the ACME Feeders Associations in addition to his volunteerism. Mr. Macdonald carried on the purebred shorthorn herd, established by his father in 1928, until its dispersal in 1998. A period of 60 years.

    Admitted into the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 16, 1999

  • Art ReddonA visionary in the swine industry for over 40 years. He was instrumental in developing Alberta’s pork industry into the economic powerhouse it is today. Working for the benefit of both large & small producers. His work with the pork industry branch resulted in the development of many industry-related programs that brought the pig industry into the future. His interests in the areas of genetics and nutrition resulted in the creation of several organizations such as the Alberta Swine Breeding Centre, the Alberta pork Congress & the Alberta Swine Breeders Association. He is a supporter of many community organizations & through his determination the Ortona Gymnastics Society was started.

    Admitted into the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 17, 1998

  • Norman SchmaltzOver a period of 50 years, Mr. Schmaltz has worked alongside his father and brother practicing sustainable agriculture & diversifying the family holdings to include hogs, a 4500 acre grain farm and a cattle feedlot. The Schmaltz family received the Southern Alberta master farm family award in 1952 and has been featured in several farm publications. A great believer in the 4-H program. He sponsors several projects each year. His interests in quality education has also led to improvements in local school buildings & transportation he continues to improve his community through various associations and volunteering.

    Admitted into the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 17, 1998

  • Harry and Louise CraigA shining example of what teamwork and perseverance can accomplish. The Craigs have served their community well. Through 4-H, local hospital boards. REA. Gas and Seed cleaning co-ops, and the Alberta polled hereford society producers of quality purebred cattle for 40 years. The Craigs are “Grass Root” citizens who have contributed their talents for the betterment of their rural community and country.

    Admitted into the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 18, 1997

  • Robert ThirskA grower of good seed. And the recipient of many awards for doing so. Mr. Thirsk has demonstrated all the traits of a good steward of the land - conservation. Diversification and dedication to quality. His strong commitment to his family community and to agriculture. Research with the University of Alberta, is evident in the many organization he has served his legacy continues through his family.

    Admitted into the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 18, 1997

  • Dr. Robert McGinnisDemonstrates an outstanding ability to assemble and disseminate knowledge throughout the world. Robert is a leading agricultural scientist, Academician and Administrator and is well recognized for his contributions internationally in Agricultural Science.

    Admitted into the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 19, 1996

  • Herman SchwenkDisplays a strong commitment to the future of Agriculture through his work with community and Agricultural organizations. A leader in the agricultural community serving his province, community and fellow farmers with organizations and boards as diverse as Unifarm, Rural Electrification Association and the Alberta Cattle Commission.

    Admitted into to the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 19, 1996

  • James HainsworthA lifetime farmer. President (1970), Director & Founding member of hall of Fame Olds College Alumni Association. Leader, Spring Valley 4-H Crop Club. Held various offices for county of Lacombe & Red Deer. Vice President of Lacombe & District Old Timers Association. Founding member & past president of Community Advisory Committee to Red Deer Rural RCMP. Member Alberta Farmers Union. UFA & Unifarm leader in formation & secretary - treasurer (1985) of “PAL” (Preserve Agricultural Land). An organization formed in response to large parcels of prime land being taken over by industry.

    Admitted to Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 1995

  • Robert HironakaGraduated from Olds College in 1947. Completed B.Sc. and M.Sc., University of Alberta: PH.D., University of Illinois. Dr. Hironaka was a teacher, researcher and prolific writer. He devoted much of his life to research in animal nutrition: Principally with the Agriculture Canada Research Station in Lethbridge. His professional achievements include designing formulate feeding programs for dairy and feedlot cattle. Developing specific techniques to determine bovine liver abscesses as well as promoting the use of Canadian Dehydrated alfalfa pellets. He authored many publications and received numerous awards recognizing his accomplishments, including an appointment to the senate of the University of Lethbridge.

    Admitted to the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 1994

  • Dorothy BanksFollowing graduation, Dorothy attended normal school which led to various endeavours. Teaching at normal school, promoting early school fairs, sheep and calf clubs dedication to the promotion of the Angus Breed where she volunteered for the Cancer Society, hospital and church organizations.

    Admitted into the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 16, 1993

  • Sanford and Lottie LeaderSanford and Lottie have been actively involved in Agriculture - Farming in the Lacombe district for 65 years. Dedicated to rural community affairs including trustee on school boards, A.G.T. Director, U.G.G. Board, Olds Timers Association. Church activities and several service clubs.

    Admitted into the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 16, 1993

  • Douglas HargraveGraduating in 1962 from Ontario Veterinary College has lead Douglas to several prominent positions in the veterinary medical field. President of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. Development of Caribbean Commonwealth countries. Advisor to Federal Government of Canada Herd Healthiness. His leadership abilities has encouraged 4-H activities. Olds College Foundation Board. Kinsmen of the year and several other Honors.

    Admitted into the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 17, 1992

  • Helen V. Moseson SamuelTwelve year instructor at Olds College. Clothing specialist for the Province of Alberta. Contributed to the development of the district home economist program in Alberta and displayed her expertise and patience as a home economist. Capable educator. Administrator and Extension worker. Her life has been dedicated to teaching.

    Admitted into the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 19, 1991

  • George N. CramtonInstigator of provincial seed plant board and promoter of seed plants in Alberta. Enviable record of service to community. Local fair judge. School trustee. Alberta Hail and Crop Insurance.

    Admitted to the Olds College Hall of Fame July 19, 1991

  • George BraithwaiteGeorges leadership ability involved him in several provincial and Canadian organizations such as Director of Wheat Producers, X Canada Grain Ltd, Co-op College of Canada and Rural Development. His agricultural interests have won him several awards with his Appaloosa Horses and Blonde D’Aquitane Cattle.

    Admitted to the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame December 1, 1989

  • Charles W. GordonAnimal Husbandry instructor at Olds College 1943 - 1947 at which time he established a standard of judging livestock, especially beef and heavy horses - which distinguished Olds School of Agriculture. Charlie served with the livestock branch of Agriculture for 27 years. Honorary life membership in the Canadian Society of Animal Science. Distinguished Agrologist award from the Alberta Institute of Agrologists. Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal. Charlie has made several contributions provincially and received several honors.

    Admitted to the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame December 1, 1989

  • Roy WilsonSeveral Institute of Realtors designations. Member of the Founding Group Carma Developers Ltd. Serving as President and Chief Executive Officer. His leadership ability has involved him as: President Alberta Real Estate Association, President Calgary Real Estate Board Co-op Ltd, President Residential Development Council Housing Urban Development Association of Canada, President North Calgary Business Association, President Calgary United Citizens Association Member Legislative Chairman. Olds College Foundation.

    Admitted to the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame October 20, 1988

  • Edwin PatchingGraduate from University of Alberta - Ed. Returned as Field Crop and Entomology instructor at Olds College. Director for the Alberta Wheat Pool in the advertising and publicity department. Originator of the Alberta Hail Crop Insurance program of which he was General Manager for 24 years. Dedicated family and community leader.

    Admitted to the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame October 20, 1988

  • Jack KernsExtension worker, livestock judge, Member of the OSA Farm Mechanics committee, Jack was Instrumental in establishing the Farrier and Equine Programs at Olds College. Chairman of the Alberta Livestock Protection Society; Historical consultant to Edmonton Exhibition’s 100th Anniversary and Founding Head of Alberta Horse Industry Branch, Honorary life member Canadian Society of Extension member of 4-H Hall of Fame. Interest in youth and family.

    Admitted to the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 27, 1985

  • Harry Patching Grain Farmer; Family and community supporter; 4-H Leader; With F.U.A. was local President, District Chairman and Director; With Alberta Wheat Pool was delegate, Director, first Vice President, and President Grain Museum Society, Unifarm Executive member; F.C.L. and Co-op Insurance delegate.

    Farm Credit Corporation Alberta Appeal Board chairman; Member Western Grain Standards committee of Canadian Grain Commission; Member A.I.A., A.I.C.

    Admitted to the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 27, 1985

  • Don RobertsonMaster farm family; family and community supporter. Interests in youth through scouts as leader, regional President, communications leader; Young peoples leader; Church Board Chairman; Member of Agricultural Service board; Selection committee Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame. Don was the first Chairman of the Olds College Board of Governors from 1978 - 1984; Nuffield Scholarship winner; barbershop singer.

    Admitted to Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 27, 1985

  • Arthur Donald McFaddenAgricultural scientist doing agronomic and breeding work with cereal crops. Head of plant breeding at Lacombe Research station from 1957 - 1971. Originator of Wolfe Barley; Joint developer of Park Wheat. Agricultural consultant to Tanzania, Thailand, and Bolivia. Served his country as Navigator with the R.C.A.F. Family man; Gives his time and talents unselfishly to his community. Very able researcher, administrator, extension worker, and municipal politician.

    Admitted to the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 23, 1983

  • Charles Raymond UreResearcher, extension worker, community leader, organizer. Outstanding horticulturist dedicated to plant breeding and research. Director of an emergency war project to produce vegetable seed. Initiator of the prairie co-operative fruit breeding project. A true gentleman and friend.

    Admitted to the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 18, 1981

  • Walter Lewis DunkleyInternational authority recognized and honoured as a research scientist, professor and administrator in dairy chemistry, food processing and technology, and scientific author, and consultant. The promise of youth was realized in the adult - a fine and able gentleman.

    Admitted to the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame August 9, 1980

  • Leonard Baden ThomsonOutstanding agricultural scientist, salesman, and administrator. Successfully battled the problems of the Saskatchewan prairies in the drought and depression of the 1930’s with missionary Zeal, ignoring bureaucratic obstacles, and not sparing himself. Recognized and honoured by prairie people for his inspiration, and dedicated help.

    Admitted to the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame August 9, 1980

  • John Angus McKinnonSuccessful farmer and rancher. Active in community, educational, agricultural, business and fraternal organizations. Key worker in Olds College Alumni Association. Promoter of rebuilding of Olds College from which he graduated in 1915. Biographer, world traveller, he always strove for excellence. With personal success Angus retained his interest and concern for others.

    Admitted posthumously to the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 28, 1979

  • John Ansel AndersonOutstanding Cereal Chemist, Scholar, Researcher scientist, editor, writer, speaker, administrator; Recognized authority in many fields. Ended brilliant career as director general of research for Canada Agriculture. Immigrant from England in 1922. “Andy” is a credit to his home-land, his adopted country and to Olds School of Agriculture from which he graduated in 1923.

    Admitted to the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 28, 1979

  • Cyril K. JohnsInternationally recognized bacteriologist and dairy scientist. Authority on milk quality and sanitation. Spread his knowledge through writing and as a great speaker. Admired and respected as a fine gentleman and family man. Keenly interested in nature, his church and singing.

    Admitted to the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 29, 1978

  • Lawrence Davis WilliamsHas achieved continental recognition as an able, forthright and practical leader in agriculture extension. Active locally to nationally in agriculture, community and youth organizations. Effective farm counsellor and extension trainer. Military service 1940 - 1946. Farmer.

    Admitted to the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 29, 1978

  • Owen Griffith RichardsActive in 4-H. Senior member of an outstanding pioneer family of progressive farmers and ayrshire breeders. Successful in production and show ring and judge of high repute. Active in Breed Association. Community leader. Good employer. Pioneer at Dieppe 1942 to 1945 and supported suffering comrades. Continues help to them and their families through organizations. A highly respected citizen.

    Admitted to the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 20, 1977

  • Harold Ray ThorntonScientist, professor, writer and administrator. Active service, Canadian Army and R.A.F. Officer, U of A Air Training Emeritus, U of A 1956. Able advisor to Alberta Dairymen's Association and Alberta Agriculture. Highly regarded by students and colleagues. Service to others is his basic creed.

    Admitted to the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 30, 1977

  • George G. FawcettAble farmer and agrologist, community worker, Alumni and College Supporter. Has served agriculture locally, regionally, provincially and nationally. Pioneered use of grain driers in western Canada. Helped to pioneer many local community services. Good family man and active church man. Interests reach beyond Agriculture. A man of enthusiasm, energy and integrity.

    Admitted to Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 31, 1976

  • Norma Jean GrayHome economist, extension educator, administrator, 4-H Club supervisor, researcher, community worker, town councillor, member of many local regional and provincial boards and committees, promoter of Alberta products at home and abroad, strong supporter of Olds College and the Alumni Association. With loyalty, energy, enthusiasm and competence she has served the people well.

    Admitted to Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame July 31, 1976

  • J. Everett BirdsallAble administrator, educator, extension worker. As principal of Olds College from 1952 - 1972 guided campus rebuilding and program re-development. An enviable record of service to professional associations, family church and community. Author of“The Sixth Decade at The Alberta Agricultural Colleges.”

    Admitted to Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame August 2, 1975

  • P. Duncan HargraveSuperintendent Provincial Horticultural Station 1936 - 1970. Builder. fluent and effective extension worker, research director, consultant and landscape architect. Through his dedication, enthusiasm and devotion to horticulture, he inspired others and strongly influenced all aspects of horticultural development in Alberta. An Olds College graduate and able supporter of it and its Alumni Association.

    Admitted to the Olds College Hall of Fame August 2, 1975

  • Thomas Campbell McBeathDistinguished agrologist. Pioneer in and lifetime advocate of use of fertilizers by Canadian farmers. Dedicated worker for and supporter of Olds College, its Alumni Association, The Alberta Institute of Agrologists, the Canadian Council of 4-H Clubs, and the Western Stock Growers Association. Active in community enterprises. He went the second mile.

    Admitted to the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame August 3, 1974

  • Leonard HaneyMaster farmer and rancher, seed grower and livestock feeder. Senior member of a large family operation. Served with distinction in local regional and provincial organizations relative to education, local government and agriculture. Served also at national level in Canadian Seed Growers Association and named Robertson Associate. A highly respected citizen and Olds Graduate.

    Admitted to Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame August 3, 1974

  • Bernard ParsonageA worthy representative of pioneer farmers from Britain. Resourceful, industrious and capable. Outstanding farmer, stock-man, and breeder of purebred cattle. Fine neighbour, community worker and family man. He benefited from a good education gained in Wales and encouraged his family towards education. Two of three sons graduated from Olds College.

    Admitted to Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame August 3, 1974

  • Robert David SinclairScholar, researcher, instructor, adviser. Worked with F.A.O. during World War II. Dean of Agriculture, University of Alberta 1942 - 1950. Recognized in Canada, United States and in the United Kingdom as an authority in swine husbandry. Admired and respected by students, staff and the public. Dedicated to his work with a deep feeling of obligation to humanity.

    Admitted to the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame August, 1973

  • William Duncan MacDonaldOutstanding farmer and shorthorn breeder of the ACME district. A leader, locally, regionally, provincially and nationally in Agriculture, 4-H, and Chamber of Commerce. A founding member of the O.S.A. Alumni Association and a proponent of education for farming. A Canadian citizen of distinction. A devoted family man.

    Admitted to the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame 1973

  • Miss F.C. McIntyreInstructor and extension worker for 36 years. food and nutrition specialist who inspired her students and rural women with the importance of their role in changing the world. A pioneer of home economics education, devoted to the role of the Schools of Agriculture and the high ideals of family life and gracious living.

    Admitted to the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame 1972

  • George Richard HoletonInstructor and Vice Principal, Olds School of Agriculture, 1913 - 1944. Artist in wood, music and drama. Organizer and director of school fairs. Effective extension worker and great pioneer. Friend, counsellor, confidant of students and faculty. Devoted husband, father, and community worker. A fine Christian Gentleman.

    Admitted to Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame 1972

  • Susie AtkinsonSuccessful farmer and homemaker. Dedicated community worker; Member of county council and participant in other forms of local government; member and keen supporter of rural youth organizations; Graduate of Agriculture from Olds School of Agriculture and faithful supporter of the college and its Alumni Association. She lives life to the fullest, through service to others.

    Admitted to the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame June 25, 1971

  • Frank Dudley StevenettSuccessful farmer, devoted family man, church, community and lodge worker. Leader in county government, educational, agricultural and social development organizations. Faithful supporter of Olds College and its Alumni Association. Humble sincere, conscientious and capable. His good work will live after him.

    Admitted to the Olds College Alumni Hall of Fame June 25, 1971

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