William G. Moody received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UK in animal husbandry in 1956 and 1957, respectively. He received his doctorate in meat science/physiology from the University of Missouri in 1963.
During his tenure as a meat scientist at UK, he taught more than 2,500 students and served as adviser or committee member to 55 graduate students. He also had an active meats research program including muscle fiber differentiation, improved quality of country hams and restructured beef. His work also concentrated on adding tenderness, palatability and value to grass-fed beef.
He served as meat judging coach and for 30 of his 37 years at UK, served as an adviser to one or more student organizations, including Block and Bridle, Food Science Club, Alpha Zeta, Mortar Board and FarmHouse Fraternity. Moody served as a pork carcass and lamb carcass official at state, regional and national shows. He is credited with initiating and coordinating the annual Southeastern Meat Judging Contest.
Moody’s influence can be seen throughout the state from country extension offices to high school vocational agriculture programs, from the Kentucky State Fair to the North American International Livestock Exposition and among livestock producers, meat processors and university faculty.
His passion for his students and his excellence in teaching and service are reflected in the seven teaching awards he has received. These include the American Society of Animal Science Fellow, American Meat Science Association Distinguished Teacher Award, UK Alumni Association’s Great Teacher Award, Gamma Sigma Delta Master Teacher Award and the UK Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Teaching for Tenured Faculty. From the proceeds of the Chancellor’s award, he created a scholarship for students majoring in meat/food science.
Moody continues to be a strong supporter of UK, the college and FarmHouse Fraternity. He recently served as the co-chair for the fraternity’s capital campaign, which helped to fund the building of a new house that opened in 2014. He is the recipient of the Master Builder of Men Award from the International FarmHouse Fraternity and is member of the UK Department of Animal and Food Sciences Hall of Fame.
He also has devoted time to his community and church. Moody is a member of the Lexington Lion’s Club, Keene/Military Road Neighborhood Association and Meals on Wheels to name a few. He also manages a Christmas tree farm with his wife, Freda.