W.C.D. (Doug) Hare, Veterinary Medicine

  • October 25, 2016
  • vol 63 issue 11
  • Deaths
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Doug Hare

William Currie Douglas (Doug) Hare, a former associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School, died February 2, in Ottawa, Canada. He was 91 years old.

Dr. Hare was born and raised in North Berwick, Scotland, and educated in Edinburgh. He attended Edinburgh Academy and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. He served in the army during WWII and was a POW until his release in 1945. He completed his veterinary degree program in 1950. He earned a PhD in the department of veterinary anatomy from the University of Edinburgh in 1953.

He worked in the department of anatomy at Ontario Veterinary College from 1954-1958.

In 1958, Dr. Hare joined Penn as an associate professor in the department of anatomy at the veterinary school. His studies focused on veterinary cytogenetics.

In 1974, he left Penn to return to Canada, where he joined the Animal Disease Research Institute (ADRI) in Ottawa as a senior research scientist. He worked with a team focused on embryo transfer and related research. He was pivotal in pre-sexing the first bovine embryo to survive to term and in investigating risks of disease transmission through embryo transfer.

Dr. Hare retired in 1990 and was appointed in that same year as editor-in-chief of Canadian Veterinary Journal, a position he held until 2008.

Dr. Hare was an instrumental part of the International Embryo Technology Society (IETS). He was a member of the IETS import/export committee and chaired a research subcommittee in the 1980s. He also organized the International Embryo Movement Symposium in 1986. In 1991, Dr. Hare received the first IETS Distinguished Service Award to recognize his contributions to both the society and the embryo transfer industry.

He is survived by his three children, Sara, Simon and Alastair.