Alvin F. Weber, DVM, MS, PhD, St. Paul, Minn., died December 29, 2019, at 101. Weber joined the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) faculty in 1949 and helped found the college in its infancy. He was a research and teaching faculty member for more than 60 years. His research interests included cytology, ultrastructure, and cytogenetics as related to the reproductive and hematopoietic systems. His work was peer-reviewed and published more than 60 times.
Weber was born in Hartford, Wis., on March 13, 1918. He completed his bachelor of arts (1941), Master of Science (1946), and PhD (1949) at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He received his DVM from Iowa State University in Ames in 1944. Weber and his colleagues were among the first in the US to use antibiotics to treat bovine mastitis.
Weber was an instructor at the University of Wisconsin until moving to the University of Minnesota to take an assistant professor of anatomy position. He later rose to become a professor and the head of the Department of Anatomy at the CVM. In 1988, Weber was named professor emeritus at the CVM, but continued to conduct part-time diagnostic research.
Weber served as president of the American Association of Veterinary Anatomists in 1957, national president of Phi Zeta (1959-1961); secretary-treasurer (1960-65), vice president (1986-88), and president (1987-88) of the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Disease; secretary (1971-75) and president (1975-79) of the World Association of Veterinary Anatomists; and program chairman of the World Veterinary Congress through the World Association of Veterinary Anatomists in 1979. He was a special research fellow for NIH from 1959–1960 and again from 1971–1972. He attained a World Health Organization Travel Fellowship for Leukemia Studies in 1974. In 1989, he received the Achievement Award from the American Association of Veterinary Anatomists.
Weber is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth; son Thomas; and friend Hazel. He is preceded in death by his son William and wife, Eleanor.