William J. “Dub” Waldrip, former Texas A&M University professor and 37-year president and CEO of Spade Ranches, Inc., passed away Nov. 20 in Lubbock, TX. He was 81. He is survived by his wife, Emily, five children, seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Waldrip was a longtime national beef industry leader. He was National Cattlemen's Association president in 1982-83, an honorary director of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, and a Texas Cattle Feeders Association director.