Frederick Hutt was born in Guelph, Canada on 20th August 1897 and died on 6th September 1991 shortly after his 94th birthday. He was a Canadian citizen of Scottish descent whose long and illustrious career was set off by a fortunate present when he was a schoolboy helping his father on the family farm. This gift was a ‘setting’ hen and a clutch of eggs for her to hatch. The young Hutt’s enthusiasm was so great that he was soon breeding Barred Plymouth Rocks for sale as ready-to-lay pullets with a view to helping to pay for his college education. He became a student of Professor W G Graham, who had made the stimulating gift, and earned a BSA degree at the Agricultural college of Guelph in 1923. This was followed rapidly by an MS degree in genetics at the University of Wisconsin in 1925 and an MA at the University of Manitoba in 1927, where he became a lecturer in animal husbandry.
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