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Fobian Named CVM Alumnus of the Year
Dr. Clark Fobian, DVM ’77, accepts his plaque honoring him as Alumnus of the Year.
Dr. Jack DeLany, a member of the CVM Class of 1952, attended the Alumni Reunion Weekend with his family including son, Michael.
The well-attended Alumni Reunion Weekend banquet was held in Adams Conference Center.
The weekend offered guests the chance to catch up with their former classmates.

Dr. Clark Fobian, DVM ’77, was named the Alumnus of the Year during the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine 2011 Alumni Reunion Weekend held Sept. 16-17. Fobian earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Missouri in 1972 before continuing on to receive his DVM.

Since 1981, he has been the owner of Thompson Hills Animal Clinic, a companion animal practice in Sedalia, Mo. He began his career in 1977 as an associate veterinarian at the Nevada Veterinary Clinic, a mixed animal practice. In 1979, he accepted a position as an associate veterinarian at the Saline County Veterinary Hospital in Marshall, Mo.

The bronze Alumnus of the Year plaque is the latest award for Fobian who has previously been honored as the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association Veterinarian of the Year, 2006; recipient of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association President’s Award, 2005; a member of the Society of Phi Zeta, the honor society of veterinary medicine; and a member of Gamma Sigma Delta, the honor society of agriculture.

Fobian is active supporting both the veterinary profession and his community. Service to his profession has included serving on numerous American Veterinary Medical Association committees and boards including the Executive Board, the Executive Board insurance liaison committee, the Executive Board bylaws committee, and the Executive Board budget and financial review committee. On the state level he is an ex-officio member of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association Board, was MVMA board chairman in 2004, MVMA president in 2003, MVMA vice president in 2001 and served on the Board of Governors.

He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1972-1978.

Outside of his professional endeavors, Fobian gives his time to numerous groups including the Sedalia Symphony Society, which he has served as president and vice president and is currently a board member, Katy Trail State Park as a volunteer, and 4-H as a veterinary science leader.

In nominating Fobian as Alumnus of the Year, Dr. Robert “Bud” Hertzog, DVM ’56 stated, “Clark Fobian truly understands the meaning of service above self and he is truly deserving of recognition by his alma mater.”

Fobian and his wife, Rita, have two children and three grandchildren.

The announcement of Alumnus of the Year honor came during the Alumni Reunion Weekend banquet held in the Adams Conference Center on the CVM campus. Following the dinner, alumni were invited to play games with proceeds benefitting the College’s Shelter Medicine Program. More than $1,000 was raised for the program. Other reunion activities included a breakfast with retired faculty, tours of Clydesdale Hall and tailgating before the Mizzou Tigers took on Western Illinois.

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