James J. "Jim" Warren, Jr., 83.
Born February 10, 1929 in North Brookfield, MA, he was the son of James J. "J.J." Warren, a renowned poultry breeder, and Mary J. (Savage). He married Alice V. Lachance on Oct. 10, 1953 at St. Joseph's Church in North Brookfield, MA.
He attended St. John's Preparatory School in Danvers, MA, Class of 1947. Jim graduated from the University of Mass. in 1951 with a B.S. Degree in Poultry Science. He served during the Korean War, from 1951-1953, he was a First Lieutenant in the 141st Tank Battalion (Heavy).
While in the University, he introduced dominant white and silver genes into his father's R.I. Reds resulting in R.I. White (Dominant) strain. The basis of the innovative autosexable Salmon sex-link cross, this line can be found in the parentage of over 90% of brown egg layers marketed worldwide.
He managed the Warren poultry breeding companies until 1971 when they were purchased by DEKALB AgResearch, Inc. as Director of DeKalb's Poultry Research Program for 17 years, and as geneticist of record for three white and brown egg products, he made significant contributions to the company's international marketing success. Jim traveled to about 60 countries in support of his genetic efforts. Upon his retirement in 1991, he enjoyed many hours at his home in Maine, which he built, and completing many different woodworking projects.
Over the years, he was a member of many associations, among them the Mass. R.O.P. Breeders Assn. (Pres. 1956), the Mass. Poultry Assn. (Pres. 1957) and the Poultry Breeders of America (Pres. 1987). Jim was the author of the Breeding and Genetics chapter of American Poultry History (Vol.II), 1996. He was elected to the American Poultry Hall of Fame in 1998.
He is survived by his wife, Alice of DeKalb; his two daughters, Laura Box (James) of Naperville, IL and Patricia Leach (William) of Monson, MA; six grandchildren, Daniel (Missy), Alyssa and Paul Box, and Allyson, Rebecca, and Meghan Leach. He is also survived by two brothers, William of Naples, FL and Richard (Yvette) of Slidell, LA; and a sister, Catherine Rozzen (Dan) of DeKalb.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his stepmother, C. Regina (Sullivan), his brothers, George and Neil and an infant son, Joseph.
A Memorial Mass for Jim will be held on Saturday, March 3,2012 at 10:00AM in St. Josephs Church, 296 Main St., North Brookfield. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.
The family requests no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to the CNS Home Health and Hospice in care of the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178. Pillsbury Funeral Home, 44 Gilbert St., North Brookfield is assisting the family with arrangements.