THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Wayne R. Kussow
Issue Date: October 25, 2017
Wayne R. Kussow, 78, formerly of Oconto, passed away Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017.
Born Dec. 1, 1938, to Benjamin and Ruth Kussow in Green Bay, he was raised on a small dairy farm near Oconto and graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 1957. He earned a B.S. degree in Agriculture in 1961, M.S. in 1963 and Ph.D. in Soil Chemistry in 1966 at UW-Madison, where he was a member of Delta Theta Sigma and Alpha Zeta fraternities.
He had two professional lives, one in international agriculture development and administration of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison international agriculture programs from 1966 to 1984. During this time, he lived in in Brazil for five years and participated in the creation of M.S. degrees at the Federal University in Porto Alegre. His second tour in Brazil, he helped revitalize the country's agricultural research system and served as rice research team leader at the newly created National Rice and Bean Center in Goiania. He also consulted in Indonesia, Nigeria and the Dominican Republic.
In 1984 he transferred fulltime to the UW-Madison Department of Soil Science where he served as coordinator of the Turf and Grounds Management Program, taught three soil science courses and developed a course in turf grass nutrition management. His research ranged from golf putting green construction to turf grass species for athletic fields. For six years he measured nutrient losses in runoff water from lawns and served on task forces and committees in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the university before retiring in 2005.
He received two awards, the Madison Area Youth Coach of the year in 1987 by the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association and was honored by the Wisconsin Turfgrass Association by funding the Wayne R. Kussow Distinguished Fellowship in Turfgrass Research in 2000 and it has supported the research of many graduate students.
He is survived by his wife, Carol (Freas); three sons, Jeffrey (Kathy), Timothy (Bobbi-Jo) and David (Angie); six grandsons; a granddaughter and four brothers, Thomas, Roger, Gary and James.
Friends are invited to join the family in a Celebration of Life on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Badger Farms, 1682 County Road BB, Deerfield, WI 53531. Donations can be made to the Wisconsin Turfgrass Association to support turf grass research and education. Cress Funeral and Cremation Service of Madison is assisting the family with arrangements.