2009 Dr. Neal Stoskopf, BSA ’57 | Alumni | University of Guelph

2009 Dr. Neal Stoskopf, BSA ’57

Judy Maddren

Dr. Neal Stoskopf
BSA ’57

For more than 50 years, Dr. Neal Stoskopf has been an exemplary educator, mentor, researcher and volunteer both locally and internationally.

Dr. Stoskopf completed his Bachelor of Science and Arts at the Ontario Agricultural College in 1957. He was granted his Master of Science and Arts in 1958 at OAC and went on to achieve his Ph.D. at McGill University in 1962.


Dr. Stoskopf began his career as a wheat breeder and cereal production physiologist. In 1974, he became the director of the Associate Diploma Program, OAC Dean’s Office, and also joined the University Senate. During his tenure, the program was revitalized and enrolment soared. From 1988 to 1993, he was also the Curriculum Co-ordinator for the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP). Dr. Stoskopf was a University of Guelph professor for 37 years, preparing and presenting 28 introductory and senior undergraduate courses before retiring in 1994. He was an inspirational mentor to thousands of students.


Dr. Stoskopf’s innovative research has been presented in over 40 papers and publications. He has been invited to speak at agricultural meetings, service clubs, high schools, and to industry. Through his compelling speeches on important issues such as energy, food supply, and climate change, he has aided in recruitment efforts and helped attract students to the University.


After retirement, Dr. Stoskopf pursued his passion for global agriculture and became an international volunteer. He has undertaken assignments in China, the Philippines, Bolivia and Bulgaria as a Volunteer Advisor teaching sustainable agricultural practices. Dr. Stoskopf has made an outstanding humanitarian contribution, providing hope for people living in unspeakably poor conditions.

The University of Guelph Alumni Association named Neal Stoskopf as the recipient of the Alumnus of Honour Award in 2009. 


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