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Longtime OSU Swine Specialist Dr. Bill Luce Dies, Remembered By Pork Council Director

Wed, 04 Apr 2012 16:19:00 CDT

Longtime OSU Swine Specialist Dr. Bill Luce Dies, Remembered By Pork Council Director
Dr. Bill Luce, long-time extension swine specialist at Oklahoma State University, passed away April 3rd in Stillwater.   Services for Dr. Luce are Friday, April 6, at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Stillwater (400 W 7th St.).

Roy Lee Lindsey, Jr., executive director of okPORK, offered the following statement on the passing of Dr. Luce:

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Bill Luce. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Nancy and their children.

Oklahoma's pork industry owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to Bill for his 30 years of service as an extension swine specialist and then seven more as part of the team at the Oklahoma Pork Council. He worked with the largest producers in the state as well as the smallest producers and he was happiest when he was out working with producers. Bill helped start our Environmental Steward Awards program and under his leadership, Oklahoma had seven nationally recognized Environmental Stewards between 1998 and 2005.

Bill was heavily involved in our youth swine programs through the Oklahoma State Fair, Tulsa State Fair, and what would become the Oklahoma Youth Expo. He served as a superintendent for the junior swine shows at all three of those major events for more than 30 years.

Many of today's leaders in Oklahoma's pork industry can trace their involvement in the industry back to support from Bill Luce. That support came as part of the youth swine show programs, involvement with students at OSU, and with the swine production companies as these young people started careers in our industry.

There is no doubt in my mind if you made a list of those individuals who were instrumental in creating Oklahoma's modern pork industry, Bill Luce's name would be at the top of that list.   



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