William J. Stadelman is respected worldwide as an expert and a leader in the poultry industry. He has been called "a giant in his field" by Purdue food science department head Phil Nelson and "the father of scientific applications in the poultry food industry" by Ken May, technical advisor of the National Broiler Council. His impact on the poultry products industry ill Indiana, and truly that of the world, is far-reaching.
Stadelman graduated from Washington State University with a B.S. in agriculture in 1940. He earned a master's degree in wildlife management and a Ph.D. in biochemistry, both from Pennsylvania State University in 1942 and 1948, respectively. He is professor emeritus of animal sciences at Purdue, having been an active faculty member from 1955 to 1983.
"Bill was a "student's teacher," both at the undergraduate and graduate levels," recalls Earl Butz, Purdue dean emeritus of agriculture. "He was an inspirer and an innovator,"
And he was prolific in both his teaching and research efforts. Stadelman trained 47 researchers personally. Today, more than 75% of the researchers working on poultry products in the U.S. can trace their training back to him. His students have assumed management and leadership positions in academia and industry.
"The poultry industry has benefited from his superior research, his role as an educator, and his expertise in the fields of egg nutrition, egg products and poultry meat products," said Franklin Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms, Inc.'s executive committee. "His distinct research and service to agriculture over the years have been beyond the call of duty and are recognized internationally. "
Stadelman held numerous national and international leadership positions within his profession. He served as president of the Poultry Science Association (PSA) in 1977 and was on the executive committee from 1973 to 1979. He was chairman of the division on Refrigerated and Frozen Foods of the Institute of Food Technologists (lFT) from 1973 to 1975. He was chairman of the Indiana Section of 1FT in 1973. And, from 1971 to 1973 he was the international president of the food science honorary Phi Tau Sigma.
Throughout his career he provided exemplary service and support to Indiana producers and processors. "Dr. Stadelman has always been there for us, whether it was a problem or an opportunity," said Maple Leaf Farms president Terry Tucker. "He has worked closely and outstandingly with Maple Leaf Farms on many projects and problems related to production and processing of our products, development of new products, and involvement in various food safety issues."
Stadelman's accomplishments have been honored many times by his peers. He was elected a fellow of three organizations: the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1963); the Institute of Food Technologies (1971); and the Poultry Science Association (1976). The Indiana State Poultry Association awarded him the Golden Egg award in 1976 and elected him to an honorary life membership in 1981. The Indiana Section of 1FT gave him its Service award in 1979 and its Scientific Achievement award in 1980. In 1992 he was elected to the American Poultry Hall of Fame.
"It is no surprise that Indiana is a leader in egg and poultry products," says Nelson. "Dr. Stadelman has been at the center of teams that have made this happen. Bill has touched each Indiana processor and has been a national and world champion for their value added products. There is no question that Dr. Stadelman has left his mark on Indiana and the world.