Private donation endows new dairy center at Oregon State University

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Private donation endows new dairy center at Oregon State University

Fri, 12/03/2010

An $860,000 donation from a husband and wife has created a new Dairy Center and dairy professorship in the Food Science and Technology Department at Oregon State University.

The Paul G. and Sandra A. Arbuthnot Professorship Fund will create the Arbuthnot Dairy Center within OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, support internships, and endow a faculty member to develop and deliver education and outreach programs for OSU students and Oregon’s small dairy foods processors.

"It will give us significantly more opportunities to make a difference in the dairy industry in Oregon," said Lisbeth Goddik (pictured), a dairy foods specialist with the OSU Extension Service who is the first to hold the Arbuthnot Professorship.

The couple hopes the fund will encourage growth, innovation and improvement of specialty dairy products. Paul Arbuthnot said he and his wife made the donation because of his longtime involvement in the dairy industry and his belief in the benefits of dairy products to Oregon’s economy. Funding shortfalls from the state legislature also contributed to their decision, he added.

Arbuthnot spent most of his working life in the dairy industry. He is a retired president of Portland-based Sunshine Dairy Foods, served on the Oregon Dairy Products Commission, and was president of Quality Chekd Dairies, a national sales and marketing organization. He initially became connected with OSU’s food science and technology department through collaboration with Floyd Bodyfelt, who was OSU’s dairy foods Extension specialist prior to Goddik.