CVM Honors Four Faculty Members During Retirement Receptions
Posted August 25, 2017
Dr. Mike Willard
The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical
Sciences (CVM) celebrated the long, distinguished careers of four
professors who have said “goodbye” to the university after a
combined 144 years of service.
The Small Animal Clinical Sciences department bid a fond
farewell on Aug. 5 to professor Mike Willard, who retires after 29
years at Texas A&M and more than 37 years in veterinary
An Aggie alumnus, clinician, clinical teacher—both on the clinic
floor and the classroom—and a clinical researcher, Willard focused
on clinical gastroenterology, including pathology of the
gastrointestinal tract. His contributions to the field also include
providing more than 3,200 hours of invited post-graduate education,
not including lectures at other universities, as well as
contributing to more than 140 published veterinary textbooks and
serving as an associate editor of the Journal of Veterinary
Internal Medicine for the past 10 years.
The Department of Veterinary Pathobiology (VTPB) celebrated the
contributions of Drs. Thomas Craig, George Stoica, and James Womack
during a retirement reception on Aug. 14.
Craig, a professor of VTPB, worked in the CVM for 42 years. An
Aggie alumnus, his scholarly interests included the transmission
patterns and the control of diseases caused by parasites, and the
pharmaceutical susceptibility of parasites, as well as
Drs. Thomas Craig, George Stoica, and James Womack
Stoica, a professor of VTPB, worked in the CVM for 33 years,
during which time he taught in both Israel and Romania,
participated in exchanges of scholars, gave international seminar
presentations, and served as a reviewer of international journals.
His research interests included the mechanisms of retro
viral-induced neurodegeneration, the pathogenesis of brain and bone
cancer, chemical carcinogens, and animal models for cancers, among
Womack, a distinguished professor of VTPB, worked in the CVM for
40 years, studying comparative mammalian genomics, the evolution of
gene families and the genomic variation underlying disease
resistance, and the genetic mechanisms in innate immunity.
“In all these years, these professors have made exceptional
academic, scientific, and scholarly contributions through their
ground-breaking discoveries, solving the grand challenges for which
they have received several honors, awards, and accolades,” said
Ramesh Vemulapalli, VTPB head.
As importantly, Vemulapalli said, the three have made a
tremendous impact on the people around them.
“During their 115 years (of combined service), these professors
have touched and transformed the lives of so many students, staff,
and other faculty members,” he said. “They have inspired and
mentored numerous students. Many of their students have become
accomplished scholars, teachers, and leaders in their own
To see more pictures from Dr. Willard’s retirement party, click
here, and for more pictures from the
retirement reception for Drs. Craig, Stoica, and Womack, click here.
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