Texas Tech Horn Professor, wildlife scientist Warren Ballard dies at 64
Warren Ballard, a widely-published author and nationally-recognized professor in Texas Tech University's Department of Natural Resources Management has died. He was 64. He passed away quietly at his Lubbock home this morning (Jan. 12) after a long illness.
"His legacy lives on in the students, faculty and research projects he touched," said Michael Galyean, Interim Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. During Ballard's long career he produced more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and raised some $3.2 million in grant, contract and research support.
"Warren was my friend since graduate school, an internationally-recognized research scientist, a major figure in this wildlife program, and an irreplaceable part of our department," said Mark Wallace, chairman of Tech's Department of Natural Resources Management.
Ballard was a Texas Tech Horn Professor and Bricker Chair in Wildlife Management. A Horn professorship is the highest honor a faculty member can receive from the university. "Horn Professors are a testament to the quality of our academics because they represent the very best of our faculty," said Guy Bailey, Texas Tech president.
Prior to joining the Tech faculty in 1998, Ballard worked as a research supervisor with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. He also served as director and associate professor with the New Brunswick Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of New Brunswick (Canada).
In 2009, Ballard was awarded the Outstanding Research Award from Texas Tech's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society in 2007.
He was named a Wildlife Society Fellow by the National Wildlife Society in 2005, and was presented the Chancellor's Council Distinguished Research Award at Texas Tech in 2002. He was presented a special service recognition award from the Wildlife Society that same year.
Born on April 28, 1947, Ballard was raised in New Mexico. He earned a bachelor's degree in fish and wildlife management from New Mexico State University and his master's degree in environmental biology from Kansas State University. His doctorate in wildlife science was from the University of Arizona.
Written by Norman Martin
CONTACT: Michael Galyean, Interim Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor's Note: Family and friends of Warren Ballard will gather at 2 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 19) at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers (6025 82nd St.) in Lubbock.
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