In Memoriam: Professor Milton Sunde

It is with great sadness the Department of Nutritional Sciences has learned of the passing of Professor Milton Sunde.  Professor Sunde passed away peacefully on Friday, October 2, 2015 at the age of 94.  He was a World War II veteran and joined the UW Department of Poultry Husbandry in 1947.  Receiving an M.S. in Poultry and Biochemistry in 1947 and a Ph.D. in Poultry from UW-Madison, he was appointed as an instructor in 1949, rose to professorship in 1957, and served as department chair for the UW Department of Poultry for 15 years.  Professor Sunde was instrumental in developing the Department of Nutritional Sciences.  Described by colleagues as a “visionary” and “founding father” of the department, he saw the need for a department focused on nutrition and worked with the Dean of Agriculture in order to create the department.  Professor Sunde served on the original advising committee for determining departmental goals and organization.  At the department’s genesis, Professor Sunde was very involved in the graduate program, serving as an active member of affiliated faculty and as faculty advisor for 74 M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.  Professor Sunde continued actively supporting the Nutritional Sciences department into his 90s.  His passion for the department is shared by his son, Nutritional Sciences Professor Roger Sunde.  The Department of Nutritional Sciences wishes to pass on our heartfelt condolences to his family and shall continue to cherish the memory, as well as moving forward with the visions, of Professor Milton Sunde.