Bill Reese of Madison has contributed $10,000 to the University of Wisconsin Foundation to establish the Bill Reese Dairy, Deli, and Bakery Study Grant Fund.
Reese, a 1937 graduate in Agricultural Education at UW-Madison”s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, was the first executive director of the Dairy, Deli, and Bakery Association. The fund will provide an annual scholarship for promising freshman students who are studying food science at UW-Madison.
“I feel that the challenges and opportunities in the food industry are unlimited. Well trained leadership is needed to ensure growth and prosperity of its industry,” Reese said. “I have established a Dairy, Deli, and Bakery Scholarship Fund with the University of Wisconsin Foundation and the UW-Madison Department of Food Science. It is my hope that many dairy, deli and bakery companies and individual members will supplement this fund by their contributions.”
Reese, a Mineral Point native, spent 10 years as Vo-Ag instructor at Seymour High School before buying the local dairy plant, which he operated with his family for the next 15 years. He then became director of market development for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, where he worked to expand the market for Wisconsin cheese. In response to requests from out-of-state retailers and distributors for more information on cheese varieties and marketing, Reese worked with state cheese companies to organize the first Cheese Seminar, held in Milwaukee in 1965. Today, the annual Seminar and Expo attracts more than 5,000 people.