CVM’s Dr. Alex Bermudez
Dr. Alex Jose Bermudez, 55, of Columbia, an associate professor in veterinary pathobiology at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine and the director of the Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, passed away suddenly on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012.
Visitation for Dr. Bermudez will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Bus Loop 70 West, Columbia, Mo. His funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, at Evangelical Free Church, 600 Silvey St., Columbia, Mo.
He was born on Feb. 25, 1957, in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Bates College in Maine, and a master’s degree in 1984 and doctor of veterinary medicine in 1986 from the University of Illinois. In 1980, he married Lisa Lundelius of Pennsylvania.
Following an avian medicine internship at North Carolina State University, and positions at the University of Connecticut and The Ohio State University, he became a faculty member and avian pathologist at the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory in 1991. Since 2005, he served as the director of the laboratory.
Dr. Bermudez had served on numerous professional committees and boards. He was a member of the American Association of Avian Pathologists and the American College of Poultry Veterinarians of which he was elected president in July. He also represented the ACPV on the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Board of Veterinary Specialties from 2001 to 2007. He had been an associate editor for the journal Poultry Science for 10 years and served on the editorial board of Avian Diseases. He also served on the editorial board of the of the Avian Disease Manual published by the American Association of Avian Pathologists (1994 – 2006) and was a contributing author to the text “Diseases of Poultry” (10th, 11th, and 12th Editions). He faithfully served the University and professional groups in many capacities.
Dr. Bermudez was an active member of Evangelical Free Church and later the International Community Church. He served both churches as elder, teacher, Bible study leader, and most importantly, a tireless helper to those in need. Whether it was leading an organizational meeting or bringing his pickup truck to help international students move, his gentle spirit and dedication to others had an impact on the lives of his church family, from the youngest children in Sunday school to its oldest members and staff.
From childhood he had an abiding love of nature. An avid bird-watcher, enthusiastic fisherman, and persistent (if rarely successful) hunter, his great joys were spending time in the countryside and at the beach.
He is survived by his wife, Lisa, and children, Alexa, Steven (Carla), and Peter, all of Columbia, his father, José Bermudez of Puerto Rico, and half-brother, Jan Henle (Dee) of New York City. He was preceded in death by his mother, Atti Vandenberg Bermudez.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorials to go to the International Community Church, 1107 University Ave., Columbia, Mo., 65201, or to the University of Missouri, W210 Vet Med Building, Columbia, Mo., 65211. Memo: College of Veterinary Medicine, in memory of Alex Bermudez.
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