Memorial Set for Retired Pathology Professor,
Barbecue Sauce Founder
Harry Hilbourn Berrier, Jr., DVM, passed away March 10, 2013, at the age of 95. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on April 27, 2013, at First Baptist Church in Columbia. A visitation and reception will follow the service at the church.
He was born on the family farm near Norborne, Mo., on July 6, 1917, a son of Harry Berrier Sr., and Julia Hawkins Berrier. He attended grade school in a one-room schoolhouse on the family farm. High school was a five-mile trip on horseback to the village of Stret, Mo.
After high school, he attended college at Warrensburg, Mo., before transferring to the University of Missouri where he earned a bachelor’s degree in vocational agriculture in 1941. After teaching briefly in Odessa, Mo., he was graduated from Kansas State University in 1954 with a degree in veterinary medicine. He then went on to serve in the U.S. Army, first in food inspection then later involved in top-secret biological and chemical research at the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. Following his active duty military service, he remained in the U.S. Army Reserves then transferred to the U.S. Air Force. He retired as a full colonel in 1977.
Dr. Berrier returned to Odessa to practice veterinary medicine for two years. He then accepted a position as assistant professor of veterinary pathology and veterinary clinical pathology at the University of Missouri. He remained at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine until his retirement in 1982 as associate professor of veterinary pathology and clinical toxicology. He wrote two veterinary textbooks, belonged to numerous professional organizations and is credited as the founder of the American Society for Clinical Pathology in 1958, an organization that has grown into an international body of several hundred members.
Dr. Berrier was a member of the First Baptist Church in Columbia where he was made a life deacon and sang in the choir for more than 50 years. He also served as a board member of the Missouri Symphony Society for 16 years and played a hands-on role in the renovation of the old Missouri Theater to serve as a venue for the symphony. The Missouri Department of Conservation honored Dr. Berrier and his wife, Lina, in 2006 as the Conservationists of the Year. In 2011, the Salvation Army named the couple as members of the Light Brigade. He was active in the Little Dixie Kiwanis Club for 30 years.
He is perhaps best known as an entrepreneur – he and his wife were the founders and developers of Show-Me Barbecue Sauce, which they created in their home and started selling commercially in 1975. The product has grown to sales of about 13,000 gallons per year and has customers in all 50 states.
One Aug. 11, 1950 Dr. Berrier married Lina Magruder, the daughter of Orion Noel and Willie Mae Stallings Magruder in Owensboro, Ky. She survives. Other survivors are a sister-in-law, Jane Work of Falls Church, Va., nieces and a nephew, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. Dr. Berrier had no children, but he and his wife cherished their nieces and nephews, as well as many students and other young people who assisted with the barbecue sauce business, as their own children.
Memorials in his honor may be made to:
University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine Student Scholarship Fund, care of Director of Development, W213 Veterinary Medicine Building, Columbia, MO 65211; Missouri Department of Conservation Berrier Trust Fund, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102; First Baptist Church, 1112 E. Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201; Missouri Symphony Society, 203 S. 9th St., Columbia, MO 65201.
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