Pierre Jutras, P.Eng., P.Ag., died peacefully at the age 90 on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Hôtel Dieu Hospital in Sherbrooke. Pierre was born in Montreal in 1928 and was the eldest son of the late Fernand and Flore (Durocher) Jutras. He married Alice MacKay in 1954 and they were parents to John (1955), Jocelyne (Dee) (1956), and Rosemarie (1958). Alice died in 1996 and in 1998 he married Agnes Bastin, becoming step-father to Cécile and Gauthier Bastin. Pierre obtained his B.Sc. (Agr. ‘51) from McGill University and his M.Sc. (Eng. ‘57) from the University of Maine. He was appointed Associate Professor in Agricultural Engineering at McGill in June 1968. He resigned in 1970 to establish and manage the Big-O Corrugated Plastic Pipe Factory, and in 1973 he formed the Modern Drainage Systems company with several partners. He returned to Macdonald as an Associate Professor in 1977, and in the summer of 1983, he became Director of the Macdonald Extension Service. However, he took a leave of absence later that year to help establish an Agricultural Engineering Education Program in Senegal. Subsequently he resigned his position at McGill to take part in missions as a consultant in developing countries in Africa and Asia.
Pierre dedicated his life to advancements in the field of drainage and irrigation in Quebec, and his career has left a permanent impact on the diversification of Quebec agriculture. He was inducted into the Agricultural Hall of Fame of Quebec in 2002. Pierre was a founding member of the CSBE/SCGAB Foundation, served as Secretary of the CSBE/SCGAB from 2000 to 2003, and was inducted as a Fellow of the CSBE/SCGAB in 2004.