Year Inducted: 
2013

Patch G. WoolfolkPatch G. Woolfolk was a well-known University of Kentucky College of Agriculture animal science faculty member from 1953 until his retirement in 1986.

Woolfolk, a native of Brandenburg, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the UK College of Agriculture and his doctorate from Cornell University. He served his entire professional career in UK’s Department of Animal Science.

He taught several courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels as he advanced from assistant professor to professor.  Woolfolk was among the pioneer developers of indicator use in the evaluation of forages. His interest in forage evaluation, pasture management, creep feeding, carcass evaluation and broader aspects of producing lambs continued throughout his research career.

Spring lamb production was a major enterprise in the state during the time Woolfolk was in charge of the college’s sheep programs. It was also during this time that UK had one of the top Southdown flocks in the country. He was a judge at several major sheep shows and fairs and was known for his high level of dedication.

After directing the sheep research and teaching programs for 16 years, Woolfolk accepted broader responsibilities as associate chair of the Department of Animal Science. Faculty, staff and students who worked with Woolfolk described him as a sympathetic and caring listener, a sound and dependable counselor and innovative administrator.

Woolfolk was an active member of the American Society of Animal Science for 39 years and was unanimously elected into the UK’s Animal Science Hall of Fame in 1989.

Woolfolk, a military veteran, continued his dedication to serving others into his retirement years logging more than 1,000 hours as a volunteer at the veteran’s hospital.

In 2002, the College of Agriculture honored the memory of this respected animal science professor by naming a laboratory the Patch G. Woolfolk Laboratory at UK's state-of-the art sheep facility located at the C. Oran Little Research Farm in Woodford County.

Woolfolk died in 2001.