William M. Warren


William M. Warren was born in 1917 on the family farm and attended public schools in Bancroft, Michigan. Through a baseball scholarship and part-time work at the university horse farm, he attended Michigan State University, receiving the B.S. degree in animal husbandry in 1940. He began graduate work at Texas A&M University but, in late 1942, volunteered for the Marine Corps, attaining the rank of major. Warren returned to complete his education, earning a master’s from Texas A&M and doctorate in animal husbandry from the University of Missouri.

Warren came to Auburn University in 1955 as professor and head of the Department of Animal Husbandry and Nutrition. During his 25-year tenure, Warren had significant impact on the lives of untold numbers of students and faculty. His department grew from 14 faculty members in 1956 to 22 in 1979.

Building on the foundation laid by Professor William D. Salmon, Warren continued to build the department’s reputation for its biochemistry and nutrition programs. Through his leadership, a strong bull test program was established as well as the beef cattle improvement association.

Warren had a unique talent for bringing the leaders of the livestock industry together in support of needed facilities at Auburn. He was able to obtain funding through an agricultural bond issue in the late 1950s to build a meat science laboratory and, 20 years later, succeeded in getting funds for a major renovation of that building. Warren’s vision and understanding of the potential for the beef industry in the state resulted in Auburn University having one of the premier meat science programs in the country.

He put in place a program that enabled each faculty member to serve as advisor for up to 20 ndergraduates. Warren supported livestock and meat judging programs as well as equine programs at Auburn. He held strong convictions regarding service to the community and to his family. He served as little league commissioner and was always active in youth sports programs.

Bill Warren died in 2006. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Carolyn Glass Warren. They have six sons, all of whom attended Auburn University: Mike, Wick, Wells, Jim, Joe and Andy; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.