Walter Bushuk

With sadness, the family announced the peaceful passing of Walter Bushuk on October 14, 2017. Dr. Walter Bushuk is survived by his loving wife, Jean, sons Darrell and Daniel and grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at the Fort Garry United Church (Winnipeg, Canada) on October 27, 2017.

 Dr. Walter Bushuk was born in 1929 in Eastern Poland, now Belarus. In 1939, his family came to Canada looking for of a better life for their children. The family settled on a farm in Manitoba, where, he began his education in Canada. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in biochemistry at the University of Manitoba and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at McGill University. Walter Bushuk went to France for one year for postdoctoral studies at the Macromolecular Centre in Strasbourg.

In his professional career Dr. Walter Bushuk worked at the Grain Research Laboratory, a commercial flour mill and the Canadian International Grains Institute. Then he started as Professor in the Department of Plant Science, University of Manitoba. He retired in 1993, but continued research as Professor Emeritus.

Dr. Walter Bushuk’s work was mainly focused on the biochemistry of wheat quality, has received worldwide recognition. He was co-author of over 300 scientific papers and editor of a number of books. Over 40 scientists from 27 countries came to University of Manitoba to work with him, who are now working on cereal science in different parts of the world. In recognition of his scientific achievements, Dr. Walter Bushuk received numerous international awards, medals, and fellowships from five scientific societies, including The Royal Society of Canada. He was honoured by the University of Manitoba with the Alumni Jubilee Award. In 2001, his former students and colleagues held a symposium and published a commemorative book, Wheat Quality Elucidation: The Bushuk Legacy, in his honour. In 2003, he was appointed Member of the Order of Canada for outstanding lifetime contributions in research and teaching.

Dr. Walter Bushuk was also intensely involved in the activities of ICC. We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Walter Bushuk. Our association would like to express our condolences to the University of Manitoba, Bushuk family as well as worldwide cereal science community.