Kenneth R. Pierce
Posted April 09, 2010
2010 Outstanding Alumni
Dr. Kenneth R. Pierce, '57
Dr. Kenneth R. Pierce, '57, received his DVM, M.S. and Ph.D.
from Texas A&M University and was hired as an instructor of
veterinary anatomy upon his graduation from the DVM program in
Dr. Pierce took a two-year break from academia to work in a
private practice in San Angelo, TX, but returned to Texas A&M
in 1961, where he was an integral part of the veterinary
pathobiology department until his retirement in 1998. He has held a
variety of teaching positions and even served as head of the
department from 1978-1989.
During his career at the College of Veterinary Medicine &
Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Pierce developed numerous new courses and
taught a broad array of professional and graduate courses. He was
involved from the outset in the development of Veterinary Clinical
Pathology as a distinct laboratory service at Texas A&M. He was
recognized with a variety of teaching awards including: the Norden
Distinguished Teacher Award, the TAMU Faculty Distinguished
Achievement Award for Teaching, the Harold Casey Award for
Sustained Excellence in the Teaching of Veterinary Pathology, the
Gamma Sigma Delta Distinguished Service Award, the Faculty
Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching and the Faculty
Appreciation Award by The Southwestern Veterinarian.
A devoted researcher, he has an extensive list of publications,
reports, papers and presentations to his credit. He became a
Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in
1964 and later had an active role in the inclusion of clinical
pathology as a specialty for certification within the ACVP. In 1984
he became the first clinical pathologist elected to serve as
president of the ACVP. He has been involved in a number of other
professional organizations including: The American Society of
Veterinary Clinical Pathologists, the Charles Louis Davis, DVM,
Foundation for Veterinary Pathology, the U.S./Canadian Academy of
Pathology, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) and the
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
Dr. Pierce and his wife Anne have been married for 53 years.
They have two daughters who are both married to Aggie engineers,
and three grandchildren. After spending time indoors for most of
his life, he is now usually found outside working in the yard. He
is class agent for the veterinary class of '57, and enjoys
organizing reunions which in recent years have been held in the
Texas Hill Country near his family's cottage in Kerrville.
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