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Distinguished Alumni and Faculty Honored
The Colorado State University Alumni Association recognized four individuals with ties to the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences during its 2006 Distinguished Alumni Dinner on February 17. Dr. Nicholas H. Booth received the William E. Morgan Alumni Achievement Award; Dr. Robert K. Shideler received the Jim and Nadine Henry Award; and Dr. James G. Fox was the College Honor Alumnus. Dr. Bernard E. Rollin, who has a joint appointment in the College, was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Award.
Dr. James G. Fox
Dr. Fox graduated from Colorado State in 1968 with a degree in veterinary medicine. He then worked at the Laboratory Animal Branch of the U.S. Army Veterinary Corp. in Fort Detrick before earning his master's at Stanford University in 1973. In 1974, he joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Research Associate and was appointed head of the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine as an Associate Professor in 1975.
Since then, Dr. Fox has become a professor, served as the Director of the Division of Comparative Medicine, and built an internationally respected program in graduate laboratory animal medicine training, and microbiology and pathology biomedical research. In 2004, he was elected to membership in the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.
Dr. Fox serves on the ad hoc advisory committee for the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology's NIH-supported, post-DVM, PhD trainee awards at Colorado State. In past years, he also has served as a laboratory animal medicine consultant for projects based in Colorado State Laboratory Animal Resources. Dr. Fox has been previously recognized with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation Excellence in Research Award, the Merit Award for Research in Comparative Medicine from the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association Charles River Prize in laboratory animal sciences.
Dr. Robert K. Shideler
He returned to Colorado State in 1974 as a faculty member and head of the Equine Field Services Section. In addition to teaching, Dr. Shideler became an integral member of the Equine Reproduction Research Laboratory at Colorado State. While pioneering new techniques for embryo transfer, Dr. Shideler wrote more than 100 scientific and industry publications as well as a textbook titled "Management of the Pregnant Mare and New Born Foal."
Dr. Shideler retired from the Department of Clinical Sciences in 1995, but he has maintained interest in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences through fundraising efforts. He is a Greater Ram Club member, has served on the development board and has been a regular member of the 50 Year Club, of which he served as president in 2002.
Dr. Nicholas H. Booth
During his career at Colorado State, Dr. Booth made multiple trips to Washington, D.C., to obtain funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation for planning, developing, improving and expanding the veterinary college at Colorado State University. He was instrumental in procuring land and funds for purchase and construction of most of the new buildings currently used by the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. In addition, Booth co-authored a 1,200-plus page reference book that is used by veterinarians worldwide titled "Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics."
Dr. Booth graduated from Colorado State in 1951 with a master's degree in physiology. He received his DVM from Michigan State University, and a doctorate of physiology and pharmacology from the University of Colorado Medical School in Denver. He spent time in the military before getting his degrees. After graduating from college, he worked at Colorado State as a Professor, Department Head and Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences from 1966-71. During those years, he also was chief of the Animal Disease Science Research Section of the University's Agricultural Experiment Station. Dr. Booth was one of the Outstanding Educators of America in 1975 and won the Veterinarian of the Year Award from the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association in 1971.
Dr. Bernard E. Rollin
The courses grew into a philosophy program that is required within the Professional Veterinary Medical Program and which has significantly contributed to the University's international prestige in veterinary medicine. He has helped other universities across the globe establish their own programs in veterinary ethics.
Dr. Rollin serves as a member of and adviser to a national group of experts devoted to the study of humane animal ethics and developing solutions to animal problems. He was a principal architect in 1985 of federal legislation on issues related to animals and society, and he has testified before Congress about animal issues and ethics. Dr. Rollin consults extensively on animal ethics and the humane use of animals in research, advising groups including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, American Humane Association, Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, multiple universities and government offices in foreign countries including Canada, England, New Holland, Africa and Australia. He also organized the National Western Stock Show Animal Ethics Committee.