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IN MEMORIAM: enology professor emeritus Kenneth Fugelsang

PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:41 am
by gthurner
(from Dr. Sandra Witte, Dean of Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology)

It is with great sadness that I inform the campus community of the passing of Kenneth Fugelsang, professor emeritus of enology and former Fresno State Winery winemaster. Ken died Monday, Feb. 20 from cancer at the age of 70.

Prof. Fugelsang served the students of the Department of Viticulture and Enology well, training many before he retired in 2012 after a 40-year career. He continued to teach part-time at Fresno State through May 2016.

He was instrumental in helping the Fresno State Winery become the nation’s first bonded winery on a college campus in 1997. Since then, the 20,000-case licensed facility has won over 600 awards.

He was also highly respected in the wine industry statewide, nationally and internationally.

A native of Fresno, the distinguished alumnus of Fresno State received his bachelor’s degree in biology here in 1969 and master’s degree in 1972.

He received the University’s Outstanding Alumnus Award and Salgo-Noren, Outstanding Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity and NACTA Awards.

During his career he published over 150 technical papers and 18 books, including as a co-author for the highly-respected books “Wine Analysis and Production” and “Wine Microbiology: Practical Applications and Procedures”.

A celebration of his life will be scheduled later this spring on campus.

In the meantime, the family has requested that in lieu of flowers, remembrances be made to the scholarship fund in his name through Ag One (2910 E. Barstow Ave., MS OF115, Fresno, CA 93740) or online at

Prof. Fugelsang is survived by his wife of 45 years, Ann; son, Jeff; and brother Paul Fugelsang, and sister-in-law Cheryl.

A university obituary is available at http://www.FresnoStateNews at

Dr. Sandra Witte,
Dean – Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology