Dr. Russell Receives Honorary Degree from Alma Mater
May 25, 2010
Dr. Leon Russell, professor of toxicology, epidemiology and
biostatistics at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine
& Biomedical Sciences, received an honorary degree from his
alma mater, the University of Missouri, on May 15, 2010. An
honorary degree is one of the highest honors the university can
Dr. Russell is a graduate who has dedicated his life to
education and research. He received his bachelor's degree in animal
science from the University of Missouri, as well as his doctor of
veterinary medicine degree. His research focus in zoonotic diseases
played an important role in the development and epidemiologic
evaluation of the oral vaccination that helped control coyote and
grey fox rabies in Texas. He has both researched and taught the
subjects of public health, toxicology, and zoonotic diseases.
Russell is also the first American elected president of the World
The Doctor of Science Letters Honoris Causa was awarded to Dr.
Russell at the University of Missouri's convocation ceremony. Dr.
Russell spoke and advised students to give credit to others when
good things happen and to take the blame for the bad.
"I am deeply honored to be the recipient of this degree" states
Russell. "I have been fortunate to work with so many good students
and to be supported in that work by my colleagues. To be able to
share with others what I have learned from a lifetime of experience
has been an important part of my professional career, and to be
recognized by my alma mater for doing something I enjoy is very
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