Glenn Barquest, professor emeritus of biological systems engineering, dies at 99

Glenn Barquest, a UW-Madison professor emeritus in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering and former UW-Extension woodworking and farm mechanics specialist, died on Jan. 22, 2018. He was 99.

Born on March 30, 1918 in Anson, Wis., Barquest served in the U.S. Army from 1941-1946, including deployment to Europe for World War II during 1944-45. He served honorably, rising to the rank of Captain.

After his military service, Barquest earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from UW-River Falls in 1946, and then went on to work as an ag instructor, farm trainer, 4-H club instructor and county extension agent. He went back to school and earned his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural/extension education at UW-Madison in 1956 and 1961, respectively.

Barquest started teaching in the Department of Agricultural Engineering (Department of Biological Systems Engineering) in 1956 while still a graduate student. He joined the faculty in 1961, becoming a full professor in 1974 and retiring from the department in 1982. His teaching emphasis included farm computation courses, as well as 4-H agent/leader training pertaining to 4-H woodworking and handyman projects.

Over the course of his career, Barquest devoted himself to agricultural education and outreach/extension work. His efforts were recognized through various statewide and national awards, including distinguished service awards from the National Association for Extension 4-H Agents, the Wisconsin Association of Extension 4-H & Youth Agents and UW-Extension.

A funeral service and visitation was held in Chippewa Falls on Saturday, Feb. 3.

To learn more about Glenn’s life, read his full obituary at the Pederson-Volker website.

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