Harry Rozmiarek, DVM, PhD, a cherished member of the PRIM&R Board of Directors since 1990 and a longtime leader in the laboratory animal medicine world, passed away on June 15, 2013 at age 74.
Dr. Rozmiarek’s career began in the US Army where he held the position of attending veterinarian at Fort Myer in Virginia. There he led the public health preventive medicine inspection services for the Washington, DC area. Dr. Rozmiarek also had the privilege of serving as a consultant for laboratory animal medicine to the Surgeon General of the Army and as the veterinarian to a number of US presidents. He cared for President Lyndon B. Johnson’s dogs, Caroline Kennedy’s pony, “Macaroni,” and several deer that had been given to the Kennedy family by the President of Ireland, and was also responsible for the horses that pulled the caissons for President Harry S. Truman, General Douglas MacArthur, and President John F. Kennedy. Upon his retirement from the Army in 1983, Dr. Rozmiarek had achieved the rank of Colonel, completed a master’s degree and residency in laboratory animal medicine, become Board certified in the field, earned his doctorate in immunology from The Ohio State University, and been elected national President of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS). The remainder of his career was spent in academia. At The Ohio State University, Dr. Rozmiarek was a professor of laboratory animal medicine and director of the Office of University Laboratory Animal Resources through 1987. Dr. Rozmiarek next joined the University of Pennsylvania as a professor of laboratory animal
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medicine, where he established and served as the first director of the university’s Laboratory Animal Resources program. During this time, Dr. Rozmiarek also served as the university veterinarian, associate director for laboratory animal welfare in the Office of Regulatory Affairs, and as director of postdoctoral residency training for veterinarians in laboratory animal medicine. He retired from the university in 2004, but continued to serve until his death as professor emeritus of laboratory animal medicine, visiting professor of laboratory animal medicine at the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, and laboratory animal facility director at the Fox Chase Cancer Center. Upon learning of Dr. Rozmiarek’s passing, Alexander M. Capron, LLB, Chair of PRIM&R’s Board of Directors, said, “We will remember and celebrate his warmth, humor, and dedication to the welfare of humans and animals, and we will always be grateful for his wise counsel and unswerving support of PRIM&R.” Dr. Rozmiarek served as an active and valued member of PRIM&R’s executive, finance, and certification committees and as PRIM&R’s Board treasurer and secretary. He taught at PRIM&R’s annual Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Conferences for many consecutive years, and was one of the founding members of the Council for Certified Professional IACUC Administrators (CCPIA).
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