Dr. John Emil Halver, III
April 21, 1922 – October 24, 2012
World Renowned Scientist
Dr. John E Halver, III, passed away suddenly and peacefully at home at the age of 90 on October 24, 2012. He was in full possession of his mental abilities, and had finished editing a manuscript just the previous day. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 10th at 1:30 PM at Bothell United Methodist Church, 18515 – 92nd Ave NE, Bothell, Washington 98011.
Dr. Halver was born in Woodinville, WA on April 21, 1922 to John E Halver (from Finland) and Helen Hansen Halver (whose parents were from Norway and Denmark). He grew up during the Great Depression, and learned to make good use of resources and to repair things himself. In 1944 he married Jane Loren of Tacoma, his bride for over 68 years, and together they have five children, 12 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Throughout the years, John & Jane also opened their home to numerous international students.
Dr. Halver was an eminent nutritional biochemist who was honored as “One of the Leading Scientists of the World” in 2005, for a lifetime of Research in Nutritional Biochemistry, by the International Biographical Center in Cambridge, England. At the time of his death at age 90, he was still actively lecturing and consulting around the world. A devout, lifelong Christian, Dr. Halver spent his life confirming his belief that “There is no conflict between science and theology. Science is pursuing truth, and God is the author of Truth”.
John Halver received a BS in Chemistry from Washington State College in 1944. He then was called to active duty in Europe with the US Army as an Infantry officer, returning from World War II as a Captain and a decorated soldier, having earned a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, American Theatre Service Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation (Germany), Combat Infantry Badge, and the Croix d Honneur from France. Later he also received the Citoyen d’Honneur from France.
After WWII, Dr. Halver earned an MS in Organic Chemistry from Washington State College and a PhD in Medical Biochemistry from the University of Washington, after studies in Nutrition at Purdue University. Dr. Halver was the Director of Research for the National Fish and Wildlife Service, and as such, built and oversaw five laboratories throughout the northwest.
Using fish as his experimental animal, Dr. Halver developed the standard test diet H440 (which stood for “Halver, 440th try”) resulting in the nutritional standards used world-wide for salmonids and all fish. He also worked on nutritional studies for other animals, including humans. He was promoted to Senior Scientist in Nutrition for the Fish & Wildlife service, and in 1976, Dr. Halver joined the faculty at the University of Washington as Professor of Nutrition. He served as US Science Ambassador to the World under four US Presidents, as well as a private consultant to over 90 countries throughout the world.
Dr. Halver was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, the New York Academy of Sciences, the Washington State Academy of Science, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and received numerous accolades from around the world, including the Makila d’Honeur from Spain. He published over 200 scientific articles, wrote several scientific books, and was inducted into the Fisheries Hall of Fame as “The Father of Fish Nutrition”.
He was an avid hunter, a member of Rotary, the United Methodist Church, and Reserve Officers Association. In his spare time he loved producing and perfecting his hybrid Merlot wine.
Memorials may be sent to the charity of your choice, or to the John E. Halver Fellowship, School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, 1120 Boat Street, University of Washington; Seattle, WA 98195.