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DR. DARYL FRANK KRAFT 1945 - 2003 It is with deep regret that the family of Daryl Kraft announce his passing, at the Health Sciences Centre, on July 27, 2003, after a long and valiant struggle with cancer. Daryl is survived by his loving wife Myrna and his devoted son Dan and daughter-in-law Mya. He is also survived by his mother Helen Kraft of Medicine Hat, AB; and his sisters, Deborah Taylor, Darlene Holt, Linda Ivanics and Susan French; and eight nieces and nephews, all in Alberta. He was predeceased by his father Delbert Kraft in 1995. Daryl Kraft was born on May 23, 1945 and grew up on the family cattle ranch southwest of Medicine Hat. He attended Mount Royal College in Calgary on a football scholarship. In 1968 he graduated from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Agriculture, with a Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Economics and in 1975 was awarded a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Washington State University. He joined the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Manitoba in 1973. From the very beginnings of this country, agriculture has played a major part in both the Canadian and Manitoba economies; and in the area of agricultural economics over the last 25 years, both nationally and provincially, Daryl Kraft emerged as an outstanding educator and a leading figure in his field. He had a gift for clear analysis and his work encompassed a broad range of substantial studies on rural real estate markets, agricultural production, various dimensions of agricultural policy, and international trade. His knowledge, research and accessibility made him an invaluable advisor to both farmers and government and he worked closely with industry, federal and provincial governments on numerous policies and projects. He was active in his profession with membership in several major professional organizations, most notably, the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society to which he belonged for over 30 years and in which he served in various offices and capacities, and as its President in 1984 - 1985. Daryl was a man of exemplary honesty and integrity who would have wished, above all, to be remembered as an educator of young people. He was, in fact, an outstanding teacher of both undergraduate and graduate students and, indeed, from 1976 onwards served as the major advisor to nearly 40 Masters Degree students. In May 2003 he received the Teaching Award of Merit from the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture. He was also an outstanding example of the good citizen, both within the University and in the wider community, whether local, provincial or national. At the University he served on the Senate, and a number of university and Faculty of Agriculture committees. As a member of the Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics he served on virtually every departmental committee and in its major administrative roles: among others, he served as Director of the Solomon Sinclair Farm Management Institute from 1986 to 1989 and again from 1996 until his death. He was acting head of the department on two occasions in the 1980s and 1990s, and was head of the department from July 1997 to June of 2003. In 1998, while head of the department, he initiated the establishment of the Agribusiness Chair in Co-operatives and Group Marketing in the Department of Agricultural Economics, with support of the Co-operators Group, Agricore, Manitoba Pork, Federated Co-operatives and the Canadian Wheat Board. Daryl was fully committed to public service. At the time of his death he was the Director of the Milk Prices Review Commission having recently stepped down as board member of the Manitoba Rural Adaptation Council. He served on the Board of Directors of the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange and was a member of the Special Regulatory Committee of the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange Inc. From 1991 onwards he served on the Coordinating Committee of the World Grain Outlook Conference. Earlier he had served on the Agriculture Committee of the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Cereal Processing Committee of Agriculture Canada. Daryl Krafts excellence in research was recognized by both the American Agricultural Economics Association and the Canadian Society of Agricultural Economics. The Canadian Society of Agricultural Economics named him a fellow in 1999. The University of Manitoba presented him with an outreach award for community service and extension activities. Daryl was a man of great strength, both physical and moral. He was thoughtful, soft-spoken and unfailingly kind in his dealings with others. He possessed a fine mind and, over the years, came to be recognized as a man of sound and considered judgement, a man, indeed, possessed of wisdom. He was admired and respected by all who knew him; and all who knew him will remember and miss him. The family wishes to express its deep appreciation to Dr. Catalin Mihalcioiu and Dr. Gary Schroeder at CancerCare Manitoba for the dedication, commitment and compassion shown Daryl during his illness. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, August 1 at Grant Memorial Baptist Church, 877 Wilkes Ave. Pallbearers will be Messrs. Dale Dexter, Douglas Ford, Charles Framingham, Perry Gustafson, John Hedin, Ian McLeod, Ronald Mitchell and Edward Tyrchniewicz. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so may make a donation in Daryls memory to the Dr. James Clayton Gilson Endowment Fund, in care of Department of Private Funding, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2. Serious consideration is being given to the establishment of a fund in Daryls name. THOMSON Funeral Chapels - 669 Broadway - 783-7211
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on July 30, 2003