Anton G. “Tony” Sendelbach, emeritus professor of dairy science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, died Jan. 26, 2000 in Madison of a heart attack. He was 75 years old.
Sendelbach grew up on a dairy farm near Waumandee, Wis. He came to the UW-Madison in 1954 and joined the faculty in the Department of Dairy Husbandry (now Dairy Science) in 1956. He earned his doctorate in dairy science in 1960.
As an extension dairyman, Sendelbach spent more than three decades helping to lay the groundwork for computerized dairy-herd management. As a grad student, he set up cow, sire and herd files on punch cards for the Dairy Herd Improvement program, processing the data on the university”s 6,000-tube IBM mainframe computer. He helped to form Agricultural Records Cooperative, and theWisconsin DHI Cooperative, in 1959. The two later merged and now operate as AgSource, a subisidiary of Cooperative Resources International. After the records co-op took over routine record processing, Sendelbach continued his research into breeding, and worked to develop and promote the DHI program in Wisconsin.
Sendelbach was recognized throughout the state and nation for his contributions to better dairying through computerized record-keeping and herd management. He led Wisconsin Dairy Herd Improvement programs into the computer age, assisting numerous dairy farmers and breeding organizations with their record-keeping needs.
Sendelbach is survived by his wife, Maxine; three sons, Lee, Paul and Tom; a daughter, Jean (Bill) Sternman; and nine grandchildren. Funeral services were held Jan. 29 in Waumandee, and a memorial service was held Feb. 5 in Madison.
Maxine Sendelbach has established a scholarship in Tony”s name at the UW-Madison. The $500 scholarship will go to a top continuing student in Dairy Science, preferably for use in the sophomore year. Selection will be based 75 percent on scholarship and 25 percent on student activities. The recipient must be from a farm that uses DHI records.
Contributions to the scholarship fund should be made to the UW-Foundation – Sendelbach Scholarship and mailed to the Dairy Science Department, 1675 Observatory Drive, Madison WI 53706.