William Dest, Ph.D., honored with new scholarship in his name

From UConn Today: A scholarship to honor the late William (Bill) Dest, Ph.D., will help support undergraduate students pursuing turfgrass programs in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources [at the University of Connecticut].

Dest, a former UConn student, research associate, and professor, passed away in April at the age of 91.

Starting in 2022, the William and Anne Dest Scholarship will provide between $1,200 to $1,500 to one student each year, selected by faculty in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture.

Growing up in urban New Haven, Dest developed a strong passion for the environment, something he passed on to his family.

“My father and mother were an inspiration for all of us,” said Paul Dest, Bill Dest’s son. “They not only instilled in us a respect and love for nature but also a sense of decency, fairness, and kindness toward others, no matter what their race, religious background, or nationality. My father always said that all his achievements in his adult life are attributable to one person: Anne, his incredible wife of 65 years and the mother of their nine children.”

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