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
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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