Patrick J. Luby has been selected to receive Honorary Recognition by the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences for his leadership in the animal agriculture industry and many contributions to the Madison community and University.
An Ohio native, Luby earned his master”s and doctoral degrees in agricultural economics from Purdue University. He taught agricultural economics there for two years before joining the Oscar Mayer Foods Corporation as an economist in 1958. Luby worked extensively on livestock acquisition and supplies at Oscar Mayer, making important contributions to understanding how commodity markets affect the industry. After 34 years, he retired as vice president of economics in 1992.
During his career at Oscar Mayer, Luby became a national spokesman for animal agriculture and he helped raise the industry”s level of performance and integrity. He is known for his ability to articulate crucial issues facing animal agriculture and to bring people together in developing programs to address them. Luby served in many industry posts, including chair of the Pork Committee of the American Meat Institute, director of the National Livestock and Meat Board, director of the Wisconsin Agribusiness Council, member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and president of the Madison chapter of the American Marketing Association.
After retirement, Luby became more engaged as an advisor to the University, state government agencies and ag groups, and as a volunteer with church groups and charities. A past president of United Way of Dane County, Luby has led volunteer projects for St. Mary”s Hospital and Medical Center, Edgewood High School and College, St. Benedict”s Center, St. Vincent de Paul, and his home parish, Our Lady Queen of Peace.
Luby has an impressive record of contributions to the University of Wisconsin. He began presenting guest lectures in UW-Madison classes almost 40 years ago. He became an adjunct professor in the Departments of Animal Sciences, and Agricultural and Applied Economics after his retirement. His lectures on managing risk with futures and options, and the impact of global economy on animal agriculture in the United States, are course highlights. Luby conducts extension programs on these topics for ag audiences across the state.
Luby was a member of the UW System Steering Committee for Strategic Planning in Agriculture and Natural Resources, and contributed to College committees on internships, communications and the UW Extension”s Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program.
Today, Luby is a business and economic consultant who serves on the board of directors for two Wisconsin companies. He and wife Peggy live in Madison. They have four children and nine grandchildren.