One of the University of Guelph’s founding presidents, William “Bill” Winegard died Jan. 31 at the age of 94. Hundreds of people attended a celebration of life service held on campus April 6 in War Memorial Hall.
“Bill Winegard played a pivotal role in helping U of G become the institution that it is today,” says U of G president Franco Vaccarino. “Bill embodied the values that still help to guide this University: volunteerism, community engagement, leadership.”
Winegard served as U of G’s second president and vice-chancellor from 1967 to 1975. He arrived at U of G three years after its founding in 1964 and played a pivotal role in converting an agricultural, veterinary sciences and home economics institution into a comprehensive university.
After retiring from academia and U of G, Winegard entered federal politics. As a Member of Parliament for Guelph, he served as parliamentary secretary to the minister of international trade, and was the minister of state (science and technology) and Canada’s first minister for science.
Winegard was also known for his dedication to social and environmental causes and his volunteer work, including reading to children at
U of G’s Child Care and Learning Centre.
On campus, he has lent his name to Winegard Walk, the William Winegard Exemplary Volun- teer Involvement Awards and the Winegard Medal for undergraduate achievement. He also established three annual visiting lectureships.