Dr. Nate Hale was a professor of Animal Science from 1954 to 1985. During that time he touched the lives of many students and livestock producers in New England and beyond. Up until the time of his death, he was a regular at the Eastern States Exposition annual sheep and beef shows and continued to support higher education in animal science from his home in Florida.
The Nathan Hale Award was created by Dr. Nathan Hale to support students enrolled as animal science majors in the University’s College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, and/or Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture. Dr. Hale received his BS in Animal Science from UConn in 1946 and served on the faculty of Animal Science for over thirty years advising countless students in their professional pursuits. Dr. Hale played a prominent role in the UConn Equine program with a focus in promoting the safety, humane treatment, and getting the most out of a young horse. Dr. Hale was a member of the Charles Lewis Beach Society, and a life member of the Alumni Association. He was awarded the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Distinguished Alumnus Award in fall 1999. As an undergraduate, Dr. Hale was a member of the Block and Bridle Club and Sigma Nu Fraternity, and he played reserve guard on the 1944 UConn basketball team.