Emeritus Professor
Former Head, Department of Agricultural Economics

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Dr Walton Anderson served as a distinguished head of the Department of Agricultural Economics from 1949 to 1963.

Born in Dubuc , Saskatchewan , in 1913, Dr Anderson trained as an agricultural economist at the University of Saskatchewan (BSA, MSA) and the University of Chicago (PhD). While a student he won several academic awards, including a Saskatchewan Agricultural Foundation Scholarship and a Rockefeller Foundation Research Fellowship. Prior to joining the Department in 1947 he had served as an economist with the Economics Division, Canada Department of Agriculture.

Dr Anderson was very active professionally in addition to serving as Department Head/Chairman and contributing to the academic programs. His area of research specialization was land economics and farm management. He served as Economic Consultant to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Milk Industry in BC in 1954-55; member of the US Social Science Research Council Research Institute in Raleigh, NC (1956); member of the Milk Board, Province of BC; member, Commission of Inquiry into the Pineapple Industry, Singapore and Malaya (1959); and Project Officer, Scientific Research and Development, Royal Commission on Government Organization (1961). In addition he presented policy papers at several Western Canadian Farm Leaders’ Conferences.

His membership and service to professional and learned societies included the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society (President, 1953-54); BC Natural Resources Conference (member and President); American Farm Economic Association (member and Editorial Board member, 1951-54); Agricultural Institute of Canada (President, Vancouver branch, 1954-55 and BC director on the national council); BC Institute of Agrologists (Council Member); Western Farm Economic Association; International Conference of Agricultural Economists; Canadian Political Science Association; and the Appraisal Institute of Canada .

He published widely in professional and extension journals and was an active participant in community programs, contributing to the UBC Department of University Extension lecture series on Economics and Public Policy and the Vancouver Institute. In 1955 he published an editorial in the Agricultural Institute Review (1960) on “Professional Agriculture in a Changing World”. In 1958 as Chairman of the Canadian Council of the International Conference of Agricultural Economists in Mysore , India , he presented a paper on marketing, communications and transport in the session dealing with the scope for national and international action.

Dr Anderson was elected President of the Agricultural Institute of Canada in 1954. In selecting him as President the Institute noted the valuable contribution Dr Anderson had made to agriculture in Canada and in particular his service to the industry in BC.

In 1963 he attended the World Food Congress in Washington , DC , as a member of the Canadian delegation and participated mainly in the economic and social commission. Later that year he left UBC to take up the post of Director of Research of the Agricultural Economics Research Council of Canada. This newly formed federal-provincial council was designed to strengthen Canada ’s agricultural industry through a long-range research program in economics and rural sociology.

R Blair and C R Nichols, 2004, from UBC Archives