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04.11.11

Albert S. Abdullah

Albert S. Abdullah

2011 Outstanding Alumni

Dr. Albert S. Abdullah, '57

Dr. Albert S. Abdullah, '57, has served his country, his community, and the veterinary profession since 1957. He is licensed to practice veterinary medicine in four states: Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Kansas.

After graduation, Dr. Abdullah worked in the Dumas Animal Hospital. He was quickly commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve. He served in active duty from December 1957 to June 1958 in Fort Knox, KY, when he then returned to practice in Dumas. In 1963, he started the Dalhart Veterinary Clinic in Dalhart, TX, which was a mixed animal practice. During this time, he was an active reservist for seven and a half years, receiving his honorable discharge in June of 1966. He continued to practice in Dalhart, until 1995, when he sold his business.

A strong participant in his community, Dr. Abdullah is very involved in the First Presbyterian Church in Dalhart, serving as an Ordained Elder and a Sunday school teacher. In 2007, he originated the "Homework Help Ministry" to help third graders needing extra attention with their studies. He has volunteered for the Cal Farley's Boys Ranch and was the director, vice president, and president of the Bi-County Fair Board for Dallam and Hartley counties. He has been a member of Rotary International for 49 years, serving on the Board of Directors, as vice president and president, and was a Rotary camp counselor. He has also had a Masonic affiliation since 1957.

Dr. Abdullah served on the Board of Directors with the Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce and was named as the 1966 "Citizen of the Year." He has served on the Board of Trustees for the Dalhart Independent School District for 13 years and as a mentor for HOSTS (Help One Student to Succeed) for 14 years. He was the rodeo arena veterinarian for XIT Rodeo and Reunion for 29 years and served on the Board of Directors for the La Rita Performing Arts Theatre for four years.

Commitments to professional affiliations in the industry are as important to Dr. Abdullah as his community ties. He has been a member of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association since 1957, and served on the Board of Directors from 1967-1969. Since 1957, he has also been a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He, along with four of his veterinary colleagues, helped to found the Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC) in 1970, serving as vice president and president. Today, the organization has well over 750 members and he hopes to live long enough to see it reach 1000 members.

In addition to his involvement with numerous community and professional organizations, Dr. Abdullah is involved in several university alumni activities; including memberships in the XTI A&M Club, The Association of Former Students, and the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets.

Dr. Abdullah married his wife, Nancy Jane, on June 21, 1958. They have two children, a daughter, a son, and three grandsons.

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