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Former CVM Theriogenology
Faculty Member Passes Away

Dr. Edward C. MatherDr. Edward C. Mather, 72, passed away on Jan. 27, 2010, at Hospice of Lansing. He was born on April 7, 1937 in Iowa City, Iowa.

He spent his early childhood on a farm near West Branch, Iowa. He received a degree in veterinary medicine from Iowa State University in 1960 and expanded a veterinary practice in Fennimore, Wisconsin until 1968. At that time, he joined the faculty at the University of Missouri at Columbia, obtaining a PhD in reproductive physiology. He remained on the faculty as an assistant professor and became board certified in the American College of Theriogenology.

In 1974 he was appointed director of the Division of Theriogenology at the University of Minnesota where he was promoted to professor. Dr. Mather joined the College of Veterinary Medicine at MSU in 1978 as chair of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences. After serving for 14 years he then joined the CVM Dean’s office as associate dean for research and graduate studies as well as coordinator of International Programs for the college. In 1998 he was appointed deputy director of the National Food Safety and Toxicology Center at MSU and became interim director in 1999. During that time he established the professional master of science degree program in food safety, an online program that attracts both domestic and international students. He retired from MSU in 2008 as professor emeritus.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary, and two children: Maj. Brent Mather, USAR (Kristi) of San Antonio Texas, and Katherine (Jim) Siegel of Lake Bluff, Ill.; four grandchildren: William and Margaret Mather, and Thomas and Griffin Siegel. Other survivors include his sister Barbara Parker, Edgewood, NM; sister-in-law Mildred Mather, West Branch, IA; and two nieces. He was preceded in death by his father and mother; brother, Stewart; and two nephews.

He contributed extensively to the American Veterinary Medical Association, having been elected to Specialty Boards and Councils. He served on the national board of the Agency for International Development, the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Homeland Security. He was a member of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association.

Memorials may made to the Presbyterian Church of Okemos, 2258 Bennett Road, Okemos, or to the Edward and Mary K. Mather Food Safety Student Recognition Award Endowment (A6304), MSUCVM Development, F130 Veterinary Medicine Center, East Lansing, MI 48824-1314. Online condolences may be made at

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