Dr Robert W. Touchberry

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Dr. Robert W. Touchberry received a B.S. in animal breeding in 1945 from Clemson College and an M.S. and Ph.D. in animal breeding and genetics from Iowa State College in 1947 and 1948 respectively. He worked with advanced animal breeding in Sierra Leon and was a Fulbright Research Fellow in Denmark.

Bob Touchberry came to the department in 1981 as chair and Sesnon Professor of Animal Science, following 18 years as a faculty member in the Department of Animal at the University of Illinois and 12 years as head of the Department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota. During his career, he carried out genetics and breeding search on species from drosophila to dairy cattle. He was perhaps best known for work on the effects of crossbreeding in dairy cattle, in which he studied the effects on production, health and herd life, as well production per lactation. Upon his retirement in 1992, Bob and his wife Carol moved to Ely, Iowa, to live on the farm where Carolyn grew up. He held the Sesnon Chair from 1982 – 1990