Remembering Dr. Ron Marquardt
Dr. Ronald Marquardt, retired professor emeritus in the Department of Animal Science, passed away peacefully at home on September 2, 2023.
During his 33-year career in the department, Ron taught undergraduate and graduate courses in nutritional toxicology and animal metabolism. He trained over 64 highly qualified personnel, including graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and visiting scientists, and was very proud of their success as they pursued careers in academia, government and industry. In recognition of his efforts in graduate student training, he was awarded the University of Manitoba Graduate Students Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.
Ron was also passionate about research, building a program focused on identification of toxins in feeds, methods of detoxification, control of pathogenic strains of E. coli and enhancement of the nutritive value of cereal grains through the use of enzymes. He was prolific in his academia writing, having authored more than 300 publications. In addition, he founded several companies that developed breakthrough technology in biochemistry and biology and holds two patents in these areas.
Ron was recognized for his research achievements with Canadian Society of Animal Science Award of Merit, the Shur-gain Award for Excellence in Nutrition and Meat Sciences and the Sigma Xi Senior Scientist Award. He was named Professor Emeritus in 2001.