We are deeply saddened by the death, on July 1, 2009, of Dr. Erwin Small, former associate dean for alumni and public affairs and professor emeritus at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. His life was deeply intertwined with the heart and soul of our College and University. Literally thousands of former students, colleagues, and animal owners have known him as friend, mentor, and “doc.”

Dr. Small earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the College in 1957 and joined the faculty in 1958. He received numerous national and international awards, including being named “Illinois Veterinarian of the Year” by the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association in 1973, being a Distinguished Life Member of the American Animal Hospital Association, and receiving the President’s Award from the American Veterinary Medical Association and service awards from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, the Chicago VMA, and the University of Illinois Alumni Association.

In 2001 Dr. Small was honored for his work with the Seventh War Dog Platoon of the United States Marine Corps. Dr. Small served in the Marines from April 1944 to May 1946 and again from October 1950 to December 1951 and was a lifetime member of the 4th Marine Division.

A lifelong bachelor who devoted all his time and energy to the College and organized veterinary medicine, Dr. Small once noted “I have over 3,000 kids—all Illinois graduates—and 55,000 veterinarians in my family. How can you beat those numbers?”

We encourage everyone from this extended family to share their memories on this site.

Monday, July 6, 2009

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