Mike Garraway joined the faculty of the Department of Plant Pathology in 1968 and brought valuable expertise on physiology of parasitism and fungal nutrition. He developed new courses and helped the department revise undergraduate and graduate curricula.
Garraway's early research focused on nutrition of shoe string root rot fungus, Armillaria mellea. Following the severe Southern Corn Leaf Blight epidemic in 1970, his attention turned to the mechanism of action of the T-toxin in development of this disease. This remained a major theme in his research through the rest of his career, and several of his MS and PhD students worked in this area. Garraway made substantial contributions to research, teaching, and service to the university and was active in the the American Phytopathological Society.
Garraway was a native of the West Indies. He studied at the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture in Trinidad and completed his BS and MS degrees at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He received his PhD in plant pathology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1966. Garraway passed away in 1999.