In memoriam: Thomas Drendel, retired Marshfield ARS superintendent

Tom Drendel, retired superintendent of the Marshfield Agricultural Research Station, lost his battle with cancer on October 13, 2016 at the age of 63.

Drendel was born in Wheaton, IL and graduated from Hinsdale Central High School. He earned a degree in Animal Science from Arizona State University and a Master’s in Dairy Science from the University of Illinois. He worked for UW-Extension as an Agriculture Agent in Marinette and Jefferson Counties and as a feed consultant in Iowa. Drendel became the Superintendent of the Marshfield Agricultural Research Station in 1985 and remained there until his retirement in 2009. He continued to work part-time at the Station for another year and then became a Safety Specialist with the National Farm Medicine Center before completely retiring in the spring of 2012.

For more on Drendel’s life, please read his obituary.