Professor Emeritus

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After 28 years in the Department of Animal Science, Dr Richard M (Dick) Beames, a nutritionist specializing in the non-ruminant area, retired as a Professor Emeritus in 1996.

Born in Brisbane, Australia, Dr Beames received a BAgSc degree from the University of Queensland in 1954. He was then employed by the Queensland Department of Primary Industries until 1968 as a Husbandry Officer, Animal Research Institute, Yeerongpilly. His early research work was with cattle and sheep, largely with molasses and urea supplementation of low quality pasture hay.

Work at the Animal Research Institute was interspersed with graduate studies. He received an MAgSc degree from the University of Queensland in 1962 and was promoted to Senior Husbandry Officer (1962-1968). Further graduate work led to the award of a PhD (Nutrition) from Macdonald College of McGill University in 1965. In 1968 he immigrated to Canada and joined the Faculty as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1971 and to full Professor in 1988.

At UBC Dr Beames’ teaching and research focused in the area of non-ruminant nutrition, particularly that of swine and horses. The nutritional quality of alternate feeds was a special interest. During a productive career he published several book chapters and over 100 articles and papers in international scientific journals and professional magazines. When the UBC Swine Unit was closed in 1990, he redirected his research largely to fish nutrition and supervised several graduate student projects in this area. He was elected Honorary Grad Class President and Professor of the Year in 1995.

Dr Beames served as President of the Canadian Society of Animal Science (1976-77). Other memberships of scientific and professional societies have included: Aquaculture Association of BC; Aquaculture Association of Canada; World Aquaculture Association; Australian Society of Animal Production; Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame; and The Nutrition Society (UK). Dr Beames is also a Professional Agrologist and a member of the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists.

Following official retirement Dr Beames continued to supervise graduate students and maintain professional activities, including serving on the GVRD Solid Waste Management Monitoring Committee and consulting in the area of by-product utilization and waste management. In the late 1990s he became involved in the evaluation of the genetically engineered agricultural crops and foods as a member of the group, GE-alert ( Since retirement he has continued with his activities of squash, tennis kayaking and gardening.

Dr Beames passed away in 2008.

R Blair and C R Nichols 2001