With the death on Tuesday of Dean Emeritus Mark Allam, Penn's School of Veterinary Medicine will hold a dual memorial service on Thursday, April 30, at 4 p.m. in Alumni Hall of the School's New Bolton Center campus.
The service had already been scheduled in memory of Dr. Allam's wife, Lila, who died last month. The campus in Kennett Square, PA., is strongly associated with the Allams because of the Dean's outstanding contributions to New Bolton's development as a world center for the treatment of large animals and research into their health. The elegant manor house at its core is named Allam House in their honor.
Dr. Allam--who joined the School as a student in 1928 and graduated in 1932--returned as a faculty member in the 1940s and headed the School from 1952 until 1973. "During the 21 years he was in the dean's office the School rose to the pinnacle of veterinary medicine," said the present Dean Alan Kelly. "He was probably the most successful dean of any veterinary school in the 20th century. We all owe him an enormous debt of gratitude for his leadership, and we deeply mourn his loss."
Additional information is expected for the May 5 edition of Almanac.
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