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If you have questions regarding the nomination process, please contact:

Nikki Szakaly
OCAA President

Email: alumniassociation@oldscollege.ca 
Location: LRC Lower Level

Honouring Excellence!

The Olds College Alumni Association gives special recognition to alumni or former College staff who have distinguished themselves by going above and beyond in making important contributions to their community. Contributors may range from the local community to international in scope, but must be outstanding in quality, going ‘over and above’ that which would be expected of normal employment functions. The award recipients will be recognized at a special Awards Reception that is to be held at the Alumni Reunion.

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Inducted 2015 - Hall of Merit     

2015 HoF - Grant Cantin

Grant Cantin
Ornamental Horticulture Graduate 2000

Grant 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

Inducted 2015 - Hall of Fame     

2015 HoF Lynn McDonald

Lynn McDonald
Agricultural Mechanics 1970

Lynn 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

Inducted 2015 - Hall Of Fame     

2015 HoF Murray-Bates

Murray Bates
Agriculture & Animal Science 1970

Murray 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, Ft. 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

Inducted 2014 - Hall of Merit     

2014 HoF Leona-Dargis

Leona Dargis
Agribusiness 2005 & Bachelor of Applied Science 2007

Leona Dargis, graduate of Agribusiness program 2005, and Bachelor of Applied Science program in 2007 - with distinction. Academic VP 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

Inducted 2014 - Hall of Fame     
2014 HoF Edith-Edge

Edith Edge
O.S.A. Graduate Home Economics 1951

Edith 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

Inducted 2013 - Hall of Fame   
2013 HoF Sandy-Hass

Sandy Hass
Olds College 
Animal Health Technology Graduate 1984

Sandy 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

Inducted 2012 - Hall Of Fame   

2012 HoF Laurinda-parkinson

Laurinda Parkinson
O.A.V.C. Fashion & Design Technology Graduate, 1969

Laurinda 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

Inducted 2011 - Hall of Fame   

2011 HoF Bert-Marion-Powelsland

Berta & Marion (Clayton) Powlesland
O.S.A. Graduates 1945 Agriculture and 1945 Home Economics

Bert 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

Inducted 2010 - Hall of Fame   

2010 HoF David-Cormack

David Cormack, B.Sc, B.Ed, M.Ed
Graduated 1947, 2 In 1 Agriculture

Dave 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

Inducted 2009 - Hall of Fame   

2009 HoF Jim-Stone

Jim Stone
O.S.A. Graduate 1959, Agricultural Mechanics Instructor - Retired in 2005

Instructor 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

Inducted 2009 - Hall of Fame   

2009 HoF Buck-Godwin 

B.J. (Buck) Godwin
Horticulture Instructor 1961 - 1988

Buck 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

Inducted 2008 - Hall of Fame   
2008 HoF Ted-Valli

Dr. V.E. (Ted) Valli
O.S.A. Agriculture Graduate, 1953

Ted 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

Inducted 2007 - Hall of Fame   

2007 HoF Julie-Calderwood

Julie Calderwood
Graduated 1954 - Home Economics

Julie 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 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

Inducted 2006 - Hall of Fame   
2006 HoF Cyril-Andrews

Mr. Cyril (Cy) McAndrews
O.S.A. Agriculture Graduate, 1946

Mr. 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
Inducted 2004 - Hall of Fame   

2004 HoF Clara-Montgomery

Clara (Storch) Montgomery
Graduated 1946 - HORTICULTURE

Clara 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

Inducted 2003 - Hall of Fame   

2003 HoF Harvey-Buckley

Mr. Harvey Buckley
Graduated 1952 - Agriculture

Harvey 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

Inducted 2002 - Hall of Fame   

2002 HoF Bob-Boulton

Mr. Bob Boulton
Graduated 1949 - Agriculture

After graduating from Olds College, Bob returned to the family farm to continuing 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

Inducted 2002 - Hall of Fame   

2002 HoF Nellie-Watson 

Mrs. Nellie (Jarvis) Watson
Graduated 1946 - Home Economics

Nellie, 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

Inducted 2001 - Hall of Fame   

2001 HoF Robert-Luce

Mr. Robert (Bob) Luce
Graduated 1947 - Agriculture

Bob 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 mets.

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

Inducted 2001 - Hall of Fame   

2001 HoF Frank-Gerda-Marriott

Mr. Frank Marriott & Mrs. Gerda Marriott
Graduates of 1952 Agriculture & 1951 Home Economics

The 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 1982-94 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 Womens 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

Inducted 2000 - Hall of Fame   

2000 HoF Robert-Church 

Dr. Robert Bertram Church
Graduated 1956 - 2 in 1 Agriculture

Dr. 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

Inducted 1999 - Hall of Fame   

1999 Hall of Fame Edith-Cooper

Mrs. Edith (Cooper) Walker
Graduate 1949 - Home Economics

A 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

Inducted 1999 - Hall of Fame   

1999 Hall of Fame Howard-Mcdonald

Mr. A. Howard Macdonald
Graduated 1948 - 2 in 1 Agriculture

Howard Macdonald has spent a lifetime tirelessly promoting Agriculture whenever and wherever he could he 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 was 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

Inducted 1998 - Hall of Fame   

1998 Hall of Fame Art-Reddon

Mr. Art Reddon
Graduated 1949 - 2 in 1 Agriculture

A 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 

Inducted 1998 - Hall of Fame   

1998 Hall of Fame Norman-Shmaltz

Mr. Norman Schmaltz
Graduated 1948 - 2 in 1 Agriculture

Over 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

Inducted 1997 - Hall of Fame   

1997 Hall of Fame Harry-Loiuse-Craig

Mr. Harry Craig & Mrs. Louise Craig
Graduated 1947 Agriculture & Home Economics

A 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

Inducted 1997 - Hall of Fame   

1997 Hall of Fame Robert-Thirsk

Mr. Robert D. Thirsk
Graduate 1935 - 2 in 1 Agriculture

A 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

Inducted 1996 - Hall of Fame   

1996 Hall of Fame Robert-McGinnis

Dr. Robert C. McGinnis
Graduated 1945

Demonstrates an outstanding ability to assemble and disseminate knowledge throughout the world he is a leading agricultural scientist. Academician and Administrator. Well recognized for his contributions internationally in Agricultural Science.

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

Inducted 1996 - Hall of Fame   

1996 Hall of Fame Herman-Schwenk

Mr. Herman Schwenk
Graduated 1951

Displays 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

Inducted 1995 - Hall of Fame   

1995 Hall of Fame James-Hainsworth

James W. Hainsworth
Graduated 1936 - 1938 - Agriculture

A 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

Inducted 1994 - Hall of Fame   

1994 Hall of Fame Robert-Hironaka

Dr. Robert Hironaka
Graduated 1947 - 2 - 1 Agriculture

Graduated 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

Inducted 1993 - Hall of Fame   

1993 Hall of Fame Dorothy-Banks

Dorothy M. (Harding) Banks
Graduated 1921 - 2 - 1 Home Economics

Following graduation Dorothy attended normal school which lead 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

Inducted 1993 - Hall of Fame   

1993 Hall of Fame Sanford_Lottie-Leader

Sanford Leader & Lottie (Adsett Leader)
Graduated 1925 - Agriculture & Home Economics

Sanford 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

Inducted 1992 - Hall of Fame   

1992 Hall of Fame Douglas-Hargrave

Dr. Douglas C. Hargrave
Graduated 1955 - 2 - 1 Agriculture

Graduating 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

Inducted 1992 - Hall of Fame   

1992 Hall of Fame Will-Janssen

William (Bill) Janssen
Graduated 1948 - Agriculture

Bill’s organization skills has made him director of several organizations: Red Deer Exhibition Association, Red Deer Rodeo Association, and Red Deer Feeders Association. Interest in youth and family.

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

Inducted 1991 - Hall of Fame   

1991 Hall of Fame Helen-V-Samuels

Helen V. Moseson Samuel
Graduated 1939 - 2-1 Home Economics

Twelve year instructor at Olds College. Clothing specialist for thee province of Alberta. Contributed to 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

Inducted 1991 - Hall of Fame   
1991 Hall of Fame George-N-Cranton

George N. Cramton

Graduated 1947 - Agriculture

Instigator 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 

Inducted 1989 - Hall of Fame   

1989 Hall of Fame George-Braithwaite

George Braithwaite
Graduated 1948 - Agriculture

Georges 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

Inducted 1989 - Hall of Fame   

1989 Hall of Fame W-Gordon

W. Charles Gordon
Graduates 1940 - 2 - 1 Agriculture

Animal Husbandry instructor at Olds College 1943 - 47 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

Inducted 1988 - Hall of Fame   

1988 Hall of Fame Roy-Wilson

Roy G. Wilson
Graduated 1951 - 2 - 1 Agriculture

Several 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

Inducted 1988 - Hall of Fame   

1988 Hall of Fame Edwin-Patching

Edwin A. Patching
Graduated 1941 - 2 - 1 Agriculture

Graduate 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

Inducted 1985 - Hall of Fame   

1985 Hall of Fame Jack-Kerns

Jack Kerns, B.Sc. Ag.
Graduated 1928 

Extension worker, livestock judge, member OSA Farm Mechanics committee; Instrumental in establishing Farrier and Equine Programs at O.C. Chairman Alberta Livestock Protection Society; Historical consultant to Edmonton Exhibition’s 100th Anniversary 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

Inducted 1985 - Hall of Fame   

1985 Hall of Fame Harry-Patching

Harry Patching, B.Sc. Ag.
Graduated 1939 

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

Inducted 1985 - Hall of Fame   

1985 Hall of Fame Don-Robertson

Don Robertson, B.Sc. Ag.
Graduated 1951 

Master farm family; family and community supporter; Interests in youth through scouts as leader, regional president, communications leader; Young peoples leader; Church Board Chairman; Member AG. Service board; Selection committee Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame; First chairman of the Olds College Board of Governors 1978 - 1984; Nuffield Scholarship winner; barbershop singer.

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

Inducted 1983 - Hall of Fame   

1983 Hall of Fame Arthur-McFadden

Arthur Donald [Don] McFadden, B.Sc., M.Sc, P.Ag
Graduated 1931

Agricultural 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

Inducted 1981 - Hall of Fame   

1981 Hall of Fame Charles-Ure

Charles Raymond [Ray] Ure, Ph.D., 1907 - 1972
Graduated 1931 

Researcher, 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

Inducted 1980 - Hall of Fame   

1980 Hall of Fame Walter-Dunkley

Walter Lewis Dunkley, Ph.D.
Graduated 1935

International 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

Inducted 1980 - Hall of Fame   

1980 Hall of Fame Leonard-Thomson 

Leonard Baden Thomson, B.Sc. [Ag] L.L.D.
Graduated 1921

Outstanding 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

Inducted 1979 - Hall of Fame   

1979 Hall of Fame John-McKinnon

John Angus McKinnon, 1898 - 1978
Graduated 1915

Successful 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

Inducted 1979 - Hall of Fame   

1979 Hall of Fame John-Anderson

John Ansel Anderson, B.sc, M.Sc, PhD., LID, F.C.I.C., F.A.I.C, FRS Can
O.S.A. Graduate 1923

Outstanding 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

Inducted 1978 - Hall of Fame   

1978 Hall of Fame Cyril-Johns

Cyril K. (C.K.) Johns, Ph.D., F.A.I.C.
Graduated 1922
 

Internationally 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

Inducted 1978 - Hall Of Fame   

1978 Hall of Fame Lawrence-Williams 

Lawrence (Larry) Davis Williams, B.Sc., P.Ag.
Graduated 1937
 

Has 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

Inducted 1977 - Hall of Fame   

1977 Hall of Fame Owen-Richards

Owen Griffith Richards
O.S.A. Graduate 1927

Active 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

Inducted 1977 - Hall of Fame   

1977 Hall of Fame Harold-Thornton 

Harold Ray Thornton, Ph.D. 
O.S.A. Graduate 1916

Scientist, 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

Inducted 1976 - Hall of Fame   
1976 Hall of Fame George-Fawcett 

George G. Fawcett, B.Sc. 
O.S.A. Graduate 1926

Able 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

Inducted 1976 - Hall of Fame   

1976 Hall of Fame Norma-Gray

Norma Jean (Hogg) Gray, B.Sc.
O.S.A. Graduate 1937

Home 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

Inducted 1975 - Hall of Fame   

1975 Hall of Fame J-Birdsall

J. Everett Birdsall, B.Sc., M.Sc., P.Ag
Olds College 1952 - 1972

Able 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

Inducted 1975 - Hall of Fame   
1975 Hall of Fame P-Hargrave

P. Duncan Hargrave, B.Sc. Agriculture, M.Sc. Hort

Superintendent 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

Inducted 1974 - Hall of Fame   

1974 Hall of Fame Thomas-McBeath

Thomas Campbell McBeath, B.Sc. [Agriculture], P.Ag.

Distinguished 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 he second mile.

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

Inducted 1974 - Hall of Fame   
1974 Hall of Fame Leonard-Haney

Leonard K. Haney

Master 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

Inducted 1974 - Hall of Fame   

1974 Hall of Fame Bernard-Parsonage

Bernard Parsonage

A 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

Inducted 1973 - Hall of Fame  

1973 Hall of Fame Robert-Sinclair

Robert David Sinclair, Ph.D. 1892 - 1950

Scholar, 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 

Inducted 1973 - Hall of Fame 

1973 Hall of Fame William-McDonald

William Duncan MacDonald, B.Sc., M.Sc. Agriculture. 1897 - 1962
O.S.A. Graduate 1918

Outstanding 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 

Inducted 1972 - Hall of Fame 

1972 Hall of Fame Miss-McIntyre

Miss F.C. (Christine) McIntyre, B.H.Ec

Instructor 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

Inducted 1972 - Hall of Fame 

1972 Hall of Fame George-Holten

George Richard Holeton, B.Sc. 1878 - 1951
O.S.A. 1913 - 1944

Instructor 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

Inducted 1971 - Hall of Fame 

1971 Hall of Fame Suzie-Atkinson

Mrs. Susie (Wright) Atkinson

Successful 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

Inducted 1971 - Hall of Fame 
1971 Hall of Fame Frank-Stevenette

Frank Dudley Stevenett

Successful 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