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Wayne King Durfee, PhD

Occupation: Professor Emeritus of Animal Science
Born: North Scituate, Rhode Island

PhD, Rutgers University,  Poultry Physiology (Research Fellow, for P.D. Sturkie) (1963)
MS, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Poultry Science (1953)
BS, University of Rhode Island , Kingston, Aquaculture (1950)
Central High School, Providence, Rhode Island (1942)

Professor Emeritus, University of Rhode Island (1989)
Aquaculture Educator, Researcher; Professor, Fisheries, Aquaculture and Pathology, University of Rhode Island (1978-1989)
Research Project Manager, Rhode Island Agricultural Experiment Station, Kingston (1976-1983)
Ombudsman, University of Rhode Island (1974-1976)
Associate Professor, University of Rhode Island (1964-1978)
Assistant Professor, University of Rhode Island (1957-1964)
Instructor, University of Rhode Island (1951-1957)

Career Related:
Research Project Manager; Teacher, Poultry Science (1954)

Torpedoman 2/C, WWII USNR USS Ira Jeffery DE – 63 (1943-1945)

Creative Works:
Contributing Author, 21 Articles, Professional Journals

Received grants regarding chick development, electric and magnetic fields in chicks, and diseases and parasites in mollusks; Developed syllabuses and taught 12 poultry and two aquaculture courses; Major professor or department advisor of many students; Established the Aquaculture Merit Scholarship and the Hope Lodge Masonic Scholarship at U.R.I.; Established and funded for the perpetual care of a Heritage Flock of Rhode Island Red Fowl at the South County Museum; Developed two historical narratives about southern Rhode Island which are presented free upon request and have been offered three to five times yearly since 1996.

Member, American Association of University Professors; Member, Rhode Island Aquaculture Association; Member, National Shellfisheries Association; Member, World Mariculture Society; Member, Masons Lodge; Member, Sigma Xi


Son of Alvin William & Mildred Amey (King) Durfee
Widower: Bernice Claire Anderson (06/23/1951-12/11/2019) (Deceased)
Children: Bonita R. (1961); William K. (1965)
Three Grandchildren
Three Great-Grandchildren 

Woodworking; Gardening; Genealogy

Biography Sources:
Who’s Who in the East – 1986-1987, 21st Edition (pub. 1986)

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