October 05, 2017

Endowed Graduate Scholarship Created in the Name of Kees de Lange

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The memory of Cornelis (Kees) F.M. de Lange, University of Guelph swine nutrition professor and life long member of both the American Society of Animal Science and the Canadian Society of Animal Science, is being honored by the creation of an endowed graduate scholarship in swine nutrition at the University of Guelph. Dr. De Lange passed away Aug. 1, 2016, after an eight-year battle with cancer. For those wishing to donate to the graduate scholarship please contact Diana Blackmore, Alumni Advancement manager, 519-824-4120, Ext. 56842.

Biography of Dr. de Lange (previously published in National Hog Farmer, September 25, 2017)

He 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 doctorate 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 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 Non-ruminant 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 more than 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.

Celebrate the life and achievements of Kees de Lange, and extend his legacy through support of this scholarship.