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Three CVM Faculty Earn Professor Emeritus Title

Posted November 22, 2017


Three Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) have been awarded the honor of carrying the title of Professor Emeritus by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.

Les Dees, Friedhelm Schroeder, and Michael Willard were granted the designation during the regents’ October meeting.

“You can be proud of your long and dedicated service to Texas A&M University, and we are honored by your presence on this faculty,” said John August, Texas A&M dean of faculties and associate provost, in a congratulatory letter to the recipients.“We wish you well in your future endeavors and thank you for your substantial contributions to Texas A&M University."

Dees, a professor emeritus of veterinary integrative biosciences (VIBS), has devoted his career to researching factors that control or alter the onset of female puberty.

An Aggie alumnus, he earned two bachelor’s degrees, in animal science and biomedical sciences, a master’s degree in reproductive physiology, and a doctorate in anatomy from Texas A&M over the course of 11 years.

He went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship in the area of neuroendocrinology from the University of Texas’s Southwestern Medical Center 1986.

Schroeder, a professor emeritus of veterinary physiology and pharmacology, earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh and his doctorate in chemistry from Michigan State University.

He also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the area of biological chemistry from Washington University Medical.

His scholarly interests include intracellular lipid transfer proteins; lipid metabolism; multiphoton imaging of intracellular lipid transport and targeting in living cells and tissues of gene targeted animals.

Willard, a professor emeritus of small animal clinical sciences, joined the CVM faculty in 1998.

He earned his bachelor’s degree and doctorate in veterinary medicine from Texas A&M and his master’s degree in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University.

A diplomate of the Small Animal Internal Medicine, Willard’s research interests include gastroenterology, hepatology, pancreatology, and endoscopy.

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