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The influence of George Shook won’t stop anytime soon, given the countless number of students he taught and advised during his 40-year career as a professor of dairy genetics in the University of Wisconsin-Department of Dairy Sciences – now the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences. Many of those students are currently leaders in the dairy industry.

Kylene Cook Anderson is a senior marketing manager for ABS Global of DeForest, Wisconsin. Shook was her adviser for her entire undergraduate experience in the early 2000s. She also took one of his classes focused on animal-science genetics and breeding.

“I learned (from him) a passion for how quickly we can make genetic progress in cattle, and I believe it strongly helped foster my enthusiasm for genetics,” she said. “This passion for genetics led me to a now-15-plus-year career working for ABS Global.

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