Shane Commentary


Lasher Family Honors Memory of Dr. Hiram Lasher with Fellowship Award at University of Delaware

Oct 21, 2012

Last week EGG-CITE reported on the sad passing of Dr. Hiram N Lasher a pioneer in the development and production of poultry vaccines. His Family have established a Student Fellowship  to honor his memory.  Readers are urged to consider donating to the Fellowship Fund which will benefit a student in poultry science at the University of Delaware and will serve as a perpetual memorial to our friend and colleague."

The family of the late Dr. Hiram N. Lasher today announced establishment of the Hiram Lasher Fellowship Award at the University of Delaware in honor of their father who died on October 7, 2012. The Lasher Fellowship Award will benefit graduate students pursuing studies in poultry health at the University of Delaware. The Lasher Fellowship will be established as an endowed award should the family raise sufficient funds.

“Our father was a pioneer in avian vaccine development and poultry health. His commitment to education during his lifetime included support of poultry research facilities and scholarship programs at University of Delaware, Cornell University and the University of Georgia to name some of his philanthropic endeavors. We feel this is a fitting way to honor our father’s memory and his accomplishments” stated Douglas, son of Dr. Lasher and a graduate of the University of Delaware. He added “It is the desire of the Lasher family that his colleagues and business associates who benefitted from his knowledge, research and philanthropy, and anyone who wishes to see his legacy continue will honor him by supporting the Hiram Lasher Fellowship”.

Dr. Lasher’s philanthropy was legendary; he supported educational institutions and professional associations in addition to schools and civic charities. Lasher was an internationally renowned expert on poultry biologics, establishing and leading two vaccine production enterprises. In his later years he managed an international consulting business which benefitted producers of vaccines in developing nations thereby contributing to improved production efficiency and alleviation of hunger. He also served as a leader in numerous professional associations including the American Association of Avian Pathologists and the American Veterinary Medical Association. His civic and professional accolades included induction into the U.S. Poultry Hall of Fame, designation as an honorary Diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians and he received medals and awards from many universities and his adopted home state of Delaware.

Donations to the Hiram Lasher Fellowship Award should be directed to the attention of Robert Rudd, University of Delaware, Office of University Development, 83 E Main St., Newark, DE 19716-0701 with a notation that the donation is to be assigned to the Lasher Fellowship.

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