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Veterinary Medicine Pioneer Has Passed

After a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, Dr. Joseph E Wagner passed away the morning of Oct. 26, 2007. To those who knew him, Dr. Wagner was an icon in laboratory animal medicine. His research on infectious disease of laboratory animals was central to the establishment of many of the paradigms we take for granted today. He led the charge in development of novel diagnostic methodologies of laboratory animal medicine and founded the Research Animal Diagnostic Laboratory. Moreover, he touched so many through his leadership in the University of Missouri Comparative Medicine Training Program and his activities in AALAS and ACLAM.

Dr. Wagner was born July 29, 1938, in Dubuque, Iowa. He received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University. He earned an MPH from Tulane University and a PhD in pathology from the University of Illinois. He served residencies in lab animal medicine at Tulane and in veterinary pathology at the University of Illinois. He joined the faculty of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1969. He served as an Associate Professor and Professor in veterinary pathology for the CVM, Principal Investigator and Director of the CVM Research Animal Diagnostic and Investigative Laboratory, Interim Chairman and Chairman in the CVM Department of Veterinary Pathology and Chairman Area Faculty in Laboratory Animal Medicine, Graduate School.

Among his numerous awards, he was honored in 1989 as the recipient of the Curator’s Professorship, and in 1993 he received the College of Veterinary Medicine Dean’s Impact Award.

He will be missed.

Visitation was held Oct. 29, 2007 at Memorial Park Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West Columbia, MO 65202.

The family wishes donations be made to the Joseph E. Wagner Comparative Medicine Training Fellowship (C/O Pat Parry, E116 Veterinary Medicine Building, 1600 E Rollins Rd. Columbia, MO 65211) or University of Missouri American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA-St. Louis Chapter@ Campus Box 8111, 660 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110).

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