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Gilbreath-McLorn Professor for
Comparative Medicine Passes Away

Dr. John CritserDr. John K. Critser, Gilbreath-McLorn Professor for Comparative Medicine at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine passed away suddenly Monday, March 21, 2011 at Boone Hospital Center. He was 57.

A memorial gathering will be held from 4 to 6 pm Friday, March 25, 2011 at Parker Funeral Service. Memorials may be given to the Cryobiology Research Institute, Inc.-Critser Endowment, 1102 Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 or Monmouth-Roseville High School, Attn: Jeff Brian, 325 West 1st Avenue, Monmouth, IL 61462.

Dr. Critser was born November 7, 1953 in Galesburg, IL. He received a BA in biology and philosophy from Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin, a MS in Veterinary Science and a PhD in Animal Science from the University of Madison, WI. He was a Fellow in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. John’s first position was as Director of Andrology/Cryobiology at Methodist Hospital of Indiana. His first faculty appointment was in the Department of Physiology/Biophysics at Indiana University’s School of Medicine. He went on to also have appointments at the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine. He became the Director of the Cryobiology Research Institute at Indiana University in 1997. John came to the University of Missouri in 2001 when he was recruited as the Gilbreath-McLorn Professor for Comparative Medicine at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine and he served as the Chair of Veterinary Pathobiology for 2 years. He was a member of the RADIL faculty and oversaw cryopreservation and reproductive services.

John was a well-funded and well-respected researcher in the fields of comparative medicine, cryobiology, and reproductive biology. He has authored or co-authored over 190 publications. In collaboration with other faculty, John was instrumental in establishing the MU Mutant Mouse Resource and Research Center and the Rat Resource and Research Center both of which serve as critical repositories for valuable rodent models. John also was an active participant in establishing a similar resource for swine (National Swine Resource and Research Center). John was a tireless advocate for the development of the Center for Comparative Medicine and his tremendous vision and unique ability to forge fruitful and lasting collaborations among individuals with diverse expertise from all over the world were among his notable strengths. Dr. Critser was passionate about training graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. He not only nurtured them during their training but also continued to mentor and provide support as they matured professionally.

John enjoyed hiking and photography, and he was active in various professional organizations. He also enjoyed working with zoos on conservation efforts for endangered species.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth S. Critser, of 33 years; his children, Paul and Rebecca; his daughter-in-law, Julie, and his grandson Henry.

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