Former CVM Faculty Member
Wesley Wyatte Crenshaw, DVM, passed away on Sunday, May 23, 2010, in Columbia, Mo., at the Harry S. Truman V. A. Hospital at the age of 94. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday May 29, 2010, at the Parker Funeral Service in Columbia. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday at the funeral home. Inurnment will be held at 12:45 p.m. at St. John’s Cemetery in Billingsville, Mo.
Dr. Crenshaw was born June 9, 1915, in Royse City, Texas, son of Ross and Zelma (Williams) Crenshaw. He moved to southwest Missouri in 1919 where he helped his father who was a sharecropper and renter. He left the farm for St. Louis and worked at Swift and Company Meat Packing to save money for college. He enrolled in the University of Missouri School of Agriculture in 1937. His goal was to be a veterinarian. He was called to the Army in 1943 and served during WWII in the European Theater and in the Battle of the Bulge in winter of 1944. He was discharged in 1946.
After discharge from the Army, he returned to the University of Missouri and entered the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1946 graduating with a doctorate in 1950. He temporarily worked for the federal government in Mexico to eradicate foot and mouth disease and continued with the government in Kansas City as a livestock inspector until 1951 when he was asked to join the faculty at the college of veterinary medicine in Columbia.
He continued his education earning another master’s degree in 1955. He also began a program in counseling psychology, he spent several years as a counseling psychologist in the counseling psychology department and as a special assistant to the vice chancellor for student affairs.
From 1966 to 1968, under the U.S. AID program with the university, he worked in India in the state of Orissa at the developing of the Orissa University School of agriculture and technology in Bhubaneshwar and advised in the setting up of a college of veterinary medicine on the Land Grant College System.
He was a member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma fraternity and a member of the Agriculture Retirees.
He is survived by his wife, Marie, of the home, a son, Tom Crenshaw, and his wife, Patricia, of St. Charles, Mo., and two grandchildren, Jeffrey and Andrew. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri.
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