In Memoriam: SFA Lifetime Member Bill Wilcke

Dr. William (Bill) Wilcke, a longtime sustainable ag supporter, NCR-SARE Regional Coordinator, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture board member and lifetime SFA member, passed away on Nov. 18, 2013.

Among a wide variety of activities to advance sustainable agriculture, Wilcke served as the Minnesota State SARE Coordinator from 1996-2004, and was also elected to the NCR-SARE Administrative Council in the mid 1990s. He co-chaired the University of Minnesota’s Small Farm Task Force from 1997-1998, was a founding member of the Northwest Regional Development Partnerships Board, served on the Minnesota Organic Advisory Task Force, was a member of the SAN Steering Committee, and was a board member of Compatible Technology International. He served on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture from 1994-1999, and provided interim leadership as Acting Administrator from 2000-2002. In 2002, Bill became the NCR-SARE Regional Coordinator and remained in that position until disability forced him to give up the position in 2010. Bill retired in fall 2011 and established a graduate fellowship to perpetuate his interest in sustainability and to guarantee the future professional work of the Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Bill’s name by donating to the following:

The Lift Community Development Corporation, a faith based nonprofit community that develops and restores mutually respectful relationships between people from diverse backgrounds who together invest in the youth of east side St. Paul, equipping them to become self-sustaining, productive, and caring adults.

The University of Minnesota Foundation: William F. Wilcke Fellowship Fund which provides scholarship funds for biosystems and agricultural engineering students and students studying sustainable agriculture. Checks can be made payable to the University of Minnesota Foundation. Indicate in the memo line that the gift is for the William F. Wilcke Fellowship Fund.