A truly outstanding scientist, colleague and mentor, Prof. Cornelis (Kees) F.M. de Lange was always thinking about the future and how to better the food animal agriculture industry through research. His legacy of excellence, originality and industry support is one that won’t be forgotten by his colleagues, students and friends.
Following his passing on August 1, 2016 and in honour of Dr. de Lange’s accomplishments, an endowed graduate scholarship in swine nutrition will be created. This scholarship is fitting considering his contributions to the swine industry, his support of students and his significance to the University of Guelph community.
Kees was born in De Weere, the Netherlands, and grew up in this agricultural community where his family owned a feed company. He studied animal science at the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands, and moved to Canada in 1985 to conduct his Ph.D. studies at the University of Alberta. Following his graduate studies, he was employed in the Ontario feed industry and, subsequently, at the Prairie Swine Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
In 1994, he joined the faculty of the University of Guelph in the area of swine nutrition where he had a very productive and well respected career. His peer-reviewed publications and presentations on swine nutrition exceed 150 and 130, respectively. He made outstanding and long-lasting contributions to the swine industry in Canada and internationally. As a result, he received the Canadian Society of Animal Science Excellence in Nutrition and Meat Quality award in 2010, the American Feed Industry Association Award in Nonruminant Nutrition Research from the American Society of Animal Science in 2012, and the 2013 Alumni Association Distinguished Extension Award from the Ontario Agricultural College. In addition to teaching undergraduate students, he supervised over 50 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Most of his students have gone on to leading positions in the swine industry, the animal feed industry, and faculty positions.
We invite you to join us in celebrating his life and achievements and extend his legacy through your support of this scholarship at http://uofg.convio.net/keesdelange.
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