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July 15, 2021

Ohio State alumni honored

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The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine recognized several Distinguished Alumni at a virtual ceremony on May 7.

Virtual meeting participants
(From left to right, top to bottom) Drs. Paul C. Stromberg, Stephen DiBartola, Dennis J. Chew, Catherine Kohn, Joseph S. McCracken, Andrew Maccabe, Robert Eric Miller, and Rustin M. Moore, dean of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Not pictured is the late Dr. Linda Kay Lord.

Honorary Distinguished Alumni

Dr. Dennis J. Chew (Michigan State ’72) became an instructor in small animal internal medicine in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Ohio State’s veterinary college in 1975 and was promoted to assistant professor in 1977, associate professor with tenure in 1982, and professor in 1989.

Dr. Stephen DiBartola (California-Davis ’76) joined the faculty at Ohio State’s veterinary college as an assistant professor in 1981. He went on to become a professor of small animal internal medicine and associate dean of academic affairs.

Dr. Catherine Kohn (Pennsylvania ’73) accepted a position at Ohio State’s veterinary college in 1976 as an instructor in equine medicine and surgery. She progressed to assistant professor in 1978, associate professor with tenure in 1986, and professor in 1997.

Distinguished Alumni

Dr. Linda Kay Lord (Ohio State ’99) was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Lord held numerous positions at Ohio State’s veterinary college, including associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and associate dean for professional programs. She also created the Office of Career Management at the veterinary college.

Dr. Andrew Maccabe (Ohio State ’85) started his career as a mixed animal practitioner in northern Ohio and is currently CEO of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges.

Dr. Joseph S. McCracken (Ohio State ’79) is a longtime advocate of the one-health concept who for several years managed the research and development of pharmaceuticals and biotechnologies for Genentech and Roche Pharma.

Dr. Robert Eric Miller (Ohio State ’79) is recognized as an expert in zoological, wildlife, and conservation medicine. He has spent his life as a zoo veterinarian, zoo manager, and zoo-based conservationist working both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Paul C. Stromberg (Ohio State ’78) is an internationally recognized scholar in parasitic and bacterial diseases and tumorigenesis of various neoplasms with special emphasis on large granular lymphocytic leukemia of Fischer rats.