WMU News

William O. Haynes

Aug. 14, 2003

William O. Haynes, a founding member of Western Michigan University's food marketing faculty, died Aug 12 in Kalamazoo.

An associate professor emeritus in consumer resources and technology, Haynes retired in 1984 after 25 years of service to the University. He was instrumental in developing the Food Distribution Program at WMU, now part of the respected Food Marketing Program. A charter member of the American Food Distribution Research Society, Haynes was a frequent speaker at food conferences around the nation and served as a consultant to supermarkets in the United States and Japan. In 2000, the Michigan Food and Beverage Association named him as one of the top 100 food and beverage industry leaders of the past century.

Haynes earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at WMU and undertook doctoral studies at Michigan State University. Prior to becoming a faculty member at his alma mater, he worked for 15 years as a supermarket owner and manager.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at First United Methodist Church, 212 S. Park St., Kalamazoo. Contributions in his memory may be made to the First United Methodist Church or to the William O. Haynes Scholarship, in WMU's Food Marketing Program. Gifts for the Haynes Scholarship should be sent to the WMU Foundation, 1903 W. Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo MI 49006-5403.

Media contact: Jessica English, 269 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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