Dr. Leon Z. Saunders, retired adjunct professor of pathology in the School of Veterinary Medicine, passed away from Alzheimerís disease March 4, 2009. He was 89 years old.
A native of Manitoba, Canada, Dr. Saunders was a graduate of Wesley College and Ontario Veterinary College.
After serving in World War II as a veterinary officer, he earned a masterís degree in veterinary bacteriology from what is now Iowa State University in 1946. He earned a doctorate in pathology from Cornell Universityís College of Veterinary Medicine in 1951.
In 1970, Dr. Saunders became a visiting professor of pathology in the department of pathobiology in Pennís Vet School while also serving as an executive for Smith Kline & French Laboratories (now GlaxoSmithKline). He continued to teach at Penn as an adjunct professor until he retired in 1984. He retired from Smith Kline in 1990 after working there for 32 years.
For his studies of the history of veterinary pathology, Dr. Saunders was the first American awarded the Cheiron medal, the highest international award presented to a historian of veterinary medicine.
Dr. Saunders is survived by his wife, Marliese; daughter, Christine; a brother; a sister; and two grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the Dr. Leon Z. Saunders (Class of 1951) Memorial Scholarship Fund, Office of Alumni Affairs and Development, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, Box 39, Ithaca, NY 14853-6401.