JULIAN, Richard Jefferson who founded the Veterinary College of the University of Ibadan in 1965 passed last week on May 15, 2022, aged 93 years.
He was born on August 17th, 1929, at the farm at Ebenezer, in Peel County, Ontario, Canada to John and Bessie Julian.
His veterinary education was at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) where he graduated in 1952. He also completed a one-year diploma in Veterinary Pathology at OVC from 1973 to 1974. In 1976 he was appointed as poultry pathologist and consultant for OMAF in Guelph. Dick was also Associate Professor at Guelph. He was project manager for the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation program to set up Veterinary diagnostic laboratories and carry out disease surveys. Dick was very well respected in Avian Medicine. He retired in 1994 but continued research for several years as Emeritus Professor. One of his great achievements was developing a vaccine for coccidiosis in 1982. Read more of Dicks achievements and his biography on Guelphtoday.com
In 1965 he was able to convince his wife and three children to travel down to Nigeria where sponsored by the CIDA (Canadian Development International Agency), he helped set up the Veterinary College at the Premier University of Ibadan.
His family thanked his care providers, medical personnel and nurses who took care of him in the past few years of his life. The burial arrangements have been trusted to a funeral home and Chapel at Guelph, Ontario. Also, a tree will be planted in the memorial of Richard (Dick) J. Julian in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest.
Read Guelptoday.com’s post on the Emeritus Professor here.
Also, this is a call on the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, the University of Ibadan to attempt to reach out to the family and honour the deceased. This is good and will create more good recognition for the faculty overseas.