Dr. Ullrey has finished his work for his earthly existence. What a role model for endurance, work, service, teaching and caring he was. During 48 years in higher education we have observed few who could compare to Dr. Duane Ullrey and his co-worker Dr. Elwyn Miller. Early cold mornings, bleeding pigs and long hours collecting necropsy samples were used by both of these professors to actively teach what a Doctorate of Philosophy degree really meant. It was the beginning of learning. Thank you Dr. Ullrey, for being an exemplarily mentor for me.
-Deloy and Cora Hendricks 1963-1967
Duane was our next door neighbor in Okemos for the 8 years we lived there. We have stayed in touch and have been the fortunate recipient of the 3 personal books that he has written. He was such a special man; one of integrity with such a happy, positive attitude. He was to be admired not only for his great work but for his ability to move through life with such a tenacity. He sent us the best and funniest e-mails. We will miss him. He was an icon of a man and an example how we all should live. Marilyn & Larry Steen
As a Florida neighbor and career farmer, conversations with Duane were lively and interesting. His door was always open. His face was always happy. Sandy was truly a great person that added quality to the life of a man who had so much to offer.
I was thrilled to have had Dr. Ullrey visit my 4th grade classroom when his granddaughter, Elizabeth was in my class and we were studying bears. Dr. Ullrey immediately captured the fourth graders' and my attention with his engaging, enthusiastic teaching style! He brought in bear skulls and bear chow for us to see. He patiently answered all of the students' questions. Science and teaching children about animals and respecting the environment are my special teaching goals and passions and having Dr.Ullrey visit my classroom at Woodland Elementary in Portage, Michigan was truly one of the highlights of my teaching career! Dr. Ullrey was a champion for teaching Science and he will be missed by many people.
Duane was not only my academic advisor; he was a true mentor, a dear friend and my biggest supporter. He and Sue welcomed me into their family in the early '80s and we remained close ever since. He taught me so much more than comparative animal nutrition, he taught me about life.