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Animal and meat sciences lost two well-known and well-respected faculty members.

Dr. Burk Dehority

Dr. Dehority passed away February 9, 2016. He joined the Department of Animal Science in 1959 and was a noted rumen and gastrointestinal microbiology expert. He received a CFAES Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009, the OARDC Senior Faculty Award in 2008, and American Society of Animal Science Fellow award in 2009, among other awards of recognition. The Lantern published an article about Dr. Dehority at the time of his retirement in 2007.

His obituary can be found in the February 11 edition of The Daily Record, Wooster, OH. In addition, ASAS Taking Stock published excerpts from his obituary.

Dr. Vern Cahill

Dr. Cahill passed away February 16, 2016. He joined the Department of Animal Science in 1946 and was a noted meat production and evaluation expert. He received a CFAES Meritorious Service Alumni Award in 1993; OSU Gamma Sigma Delta Teaching and International Awards of Merit; the American Meat Science Association R. C. Pollock Award (1993), Signal Service Award and AMSA Fellow (1979), and Distinguished Teaching Award (1967); and American Society of Animal Science Fellows award in 1984. He was inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1999. Additional awards and recognitions can be found in an article recognizing him as guest of honor at the Department of Animal Sciences and American Meat Science Association Mentor Recognition Program.

Dr. Cahill took part in an interview in 2003 as part of The Ohio State University Oral History Project; it can be read at Ohio State's Knowledge Bank.

His obituary from The Columbus Dispatch can be found at