George Shook

Dairy Science Emeritus Professor - Genetics



Office Location

8920 Blackhawk Rd
Middleton, WI 53562

Shortly after receiving his graduate degree from UW-Madison, Emeritus Professor Dr. George E. Shook MS ‘65, PhD ’67 joined the faculty of the Dairy Science department. A passionate mentor, Dr. Shook provided guidance to other faculty and staff, and advised graduate and undergraduate students. He served as the chair of the Department of Dairy Science for six years. Dr. Shook revolutionized the field of dairy genetics with his research on somatic cell testing which led to a national genetic evaluation system for dairy herds, based on a standardized somatic cell score. Throughout his career, Dr. Shook served on many boards and received numerous awards, including the Outstanding Service Award from National DHIA, the Research Award from NAAB, the Lush Animal Breeding Research Award, Purina Mills Teaching Award and Fellow Award from ADSA. Dr. Shook retired in 2006 after 39 years of service in the Dairy Science Department. Established with gifts from friends and colleagues, the George E. Shook International/Study Abroad Scholarship honors Dr. Shook’s many accomplishments, and assists undergraduate students participating in international study abroad experiences.