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In Memoriam: Ronald E. Doersch

Professor Emeritus Ronald Doersch ’58, MS’61, PhD’63 passed away in June 2023.

Ron was raised on a Manitowoc County Century dairy farm, and Wisconsin agriculture remained dear to his heart his entire life. He joined the faculty of the UW–Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Department of Agronomy, with responsibilities for statewide UW Extension weed management education programs. Ron was particularly proud of the Pesticide Applicator Certification program that he developed for the state of Wisconsin which became “The Model” for many other states. Ron served as chair of the Department of Agronomy during the last four years of his career and retired in 1993 after proudly serving Wisconsin’s agricultural community for over 30 years.

In 2016, he and his wife, Caroline, established the Ronald E. Doersch Scholarship at the UW. If anyone is inclined, donations can be made to the Ronald E. Doersch Scholarship Fund, #132060002, Department of Agronomy, UW-Madison (gifts can be made by check payable to “Doersch Scholarship Fund” and mailed to UW Foundation, US Bank Lockbox, P.O. Box 78807, Milwaukee, WI 53278-0807, or online at

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