Dean Kirklyn Kerr inducted into WV Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame
Kirklyn M. Kerr, professor in the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science and dean of the College from 1993 to 2008, was inducted into the West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame on July 15. This honor recognizes natives of West Virginia who have made outstanding contributions to the establishment, development, advancement and improvement of the agriculture, forestry and family life of West Virginia.
Over the course of his 60-year career, Kerr has made significant contributions to agriculture as researcher, private-practice veterinarian, academic leader, community volunteer and now as professor and pathologist at the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, where he provides pathology diagnostic service and trains veterinary pathology residents. He cites the principles and values he learned in 4-H as the foundation for his success and remains a strong supporter of 4-H.
After earning his BS in animal science from West Virginia University, Kerr received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After practicing large animal veterinary medicine in Carlisle, PA, for a year, he returned to WVU and earned a master of science in medical microbiology. He then earned a PhD in veterinary pathology from Texas A&M. As a faculty member, Kerr authored or advised on more than 125 research papers and, in 1968, was certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologist. In 1978, he was appointed to the joint position of dean of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine; chair of the Department of Veterinary Science; and assistant dean for research in veterinary medicine. In 1987, he was appointed director of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC); associate dean of the College of Agriculture; and professor of experimental pathology, food and animal health research and veterinary medicine. (more…)