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Aviagen sadly reports passing of Nigel Barton

It is with great sadness Aviagen reports the passing of former Aviagen Ltd MD and Global Head of R&D Nigel Barton, earlier this month.

A graduate from the University of Reading, Nigel joined the company in 1968 as Geneticist and commenced his involvement with the Broiler R&D Programme in 1979, being appointed Senior Research Geneticist in the early 1980’s.

After becoming Genetics Director in 1988, he held the position of MD of Aviagen Ltd between 1998 and 2003. He was promoted to Head of R&D and Deputy CEO of the Aviagen Group in 2003 before retiring in 2005.

In total, Nigel worked for Aviagen or related companies (including Ross Breeders) for almost 40 years. In that time, he became well known to customers and partners worldwide and was a much respected figure in the poultry industry.

He was a person who always looked to advance the industry and drive forward innovation and his dedication was a hallmark of his career. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed, not only by his former colleagues, but also by his many friends throughout the world.

Natalie Berkhout

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    Kathy & David Alven

    We were personal friends of Nigel and his wife, Mary Ellen. In fact, they live just around the corner from us. We will miss Nigel tremendously. Our afternoon or evenings spent together going to lunch, the movies or to dinner were always a delight. His sense of humor was cutting and extremely enjoyable. He was a "keeper." Mary Ellen will continue to be part of our "family." For those of you who were Nigel's co-workers and friends, please accept our sympathy. We've all lost a truly wonderful man.

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