Aberle supported meat science and agricultural education throughout his career in academia. He started out at Purdue University’s animal sciences department, where he co-authored the definitive textbook on introductory meat science, “Principles of Meat Science.” He then became chair of the animal sciences department at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where he oversaw the completion of a new building for the department. In 1998, Aberle was selected to serve as the 11th dean of the UW–Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. At CALS, he forged valuable relationships that helped lay the foundation for investments in academic programs in CALS, including meat science personnel and facility infrastructure. He retired in 2005. Throughout his career, Aberle prioritized service, including serving on the board of directors and as president of the American Meat Science Association.
The other inductees are William and Otto Brakebush, brothers who grew a small family business into one of the leading poultry suppliers in the nation; and Robert Drane, a UW–Madison alumnus and gifted leader in food marketing research and product management.
For more details about these individuals and for induction ceremony event and registration information, see this CALS news release.