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Former MU CVM Dean Kenneth Weide
Has Passed Away

Dr. Kenneth D. Weide

Dr. Kenneth D. Weide of Lincoln, Neb., who served as the dean of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine from 1973 to 1981, died March 31, 2013, just 49 days shy of his 80th birthday.

He was born at the Horton, Kan. Hospital on May 19, 1933, the only child of Vertis C. and Bernice J. (Randolph) Weide. In 1940, they moved to Topeka, Kan., and he graduated from Topeka High School in 1951. He attended Kansas State University where he received his bachelor of science (1956), doctor of veterinary medicine (1958) and master of science (1958). Following private practice in Platte City, Mo., he attended Michigan State University where he received his PhD in 1962. While working on his PhD, he served on the faculty of the Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station from 1959 to 1962.

Dr. Weide returned to Kansas State where he was associate professor of pathology and the first director of the KSU Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory. In 1967 he was appointed head of the Department of Veterinary Science and first director of the Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory at South Dakota State University. He was credited with originating animal disease diagnostic laboratory services in both Kansas and South Dakota.

In 1971, he was appointed the first extension veterinarian for the State of Arizona and in 1973 became the third dean of the MU CVM. He was appointed the first executive director of the Western Veterinary Conference in 1984, a position he held for 14 years. He retired in 1998 and moved to Lincoln in 2002 to be closer to his family.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Thelma F. (Yung) Weide. He is survived by his daughter, Kim C. Weide of Lincoln; two sons, William C. Weide and his wife, Laurie (Ohlson) and granddaughter, Paige Weide all of Portland, Ore., and Lee R. Weide and his wife, Jennifer (Martin) and grandsons, Ryan and Kyle Weide all of Crete.

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