Dr. V. Liné Estergreen was a beloved professor in Animal Sciences at Washington State University. He was born December 15, 1925 in Lynden, WA and grew up on the family dairy farm. After graduating from Nooksack Valley High School in 1942 he attended one semester at Washington State College (WSC) before being called into the US Navy. He obtained his BS degree in 1950 from WSC (now WSU) and then served one year as assistant dairy herdsman at the WSU Dairy Farm. He returned to WSC, obtained his teaching credentials and was a vo-ag instructor for two years. In 1956, Liné received his MS degree in dairy science at WSC. He and his wife, Ellene, moved to Illinois and Liné received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1960 in the area of reproductive physiology. During 1960 to 1961 he held a post-doctoral position in steroid biochemistry at the University of Utah. They returned to Washington State University in 1961 (WSC changed to WSU in 1959) and Liné became a full professor in 1972. Liné brought distinction to the Animal Sciences Department at WSU by teaching and counseling many undergraduate students, and teaching and training 12 graduate students who went on to become successful in university research and teaching or in private enterprises. His mentoring and guidance garnered him the respect and love of his students. He kept in contact with many of his students after retirement. While at WSU, Liné served the department in a variety of ways. He taught lactation physiology, endocrine physiology, and performed numerous dairy extension functions. Even after his retirement in 1988 he was a well know figure in the Animal Sciences department. In 2011 he received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Animal Sciences Department. He and Ellene supported an annual scholarship each year. Liné passed away on March 30, 2016. Ellene, his wife of 66 years, is establishing this endowed scholarship as a lasting legacy to Liné and his passion for students studying animal sciences.
Funds shall be used to provide scholarships to juniors and seniors studying in the Department of Animal Sciences.