Hazel Lee Shands, emeritus professor of agronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2002. He was 94 years old.
Shands began his career at the UW-Madison”s Department of Agronomy in 1929 as a research assistant. He earned a doctorate in agronomy and plant pathology in 1932, and joined the agronomy faculty as an assistant professor in 1936.
Shands” research focused on plant breeding for disease resistance, high yield, and grain quality. He worked with oats, barley, winter wheat and rye. Shands developed and released 22 crop varieties, including the successful Vicland Oats. He mentored the research work of numerous students, contributing to their success as agronomists worldwide. He was named an American Society of Agronomy fellow and was listed in American Men and Women of Science. After retirement in 1974 he continued to stay active with experimental field plantings.
Shands is survived by his wife, Jobelle; sons Allan of Madison, Jay (Holly) of Chillicothe, Ohio, and Severt (Louise) of Springfield, Va.; daughter Jody (Joe) of Plymouth, Minn.; and grandsons Andrew and Perry Shands. A memorial service was held Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003 at Bethany United Methodist Church in Madison.
Memorials may be made for either the Shands Agronomy Fund or the Shands Daughters of Demeter Fund to the University of Wisconsin Foundation, 1848 University Avenue, PO Box 8860, Madison, WI 53708-8806.