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In Memory

Dr. Maxine Benjamin

October 25, 2011

Dr. Maxine Benjamin died Oct. 20 peacefully at home.

She was born March 13, 1922. Dr. Benjamin began her career as an assistant professor of veterinary clinical pathology at Colorado State University. She was a central figure in academic clinical pathology for many years. Her "green book" Outline of Veterinary Clinical Pathology, published in 1958, 1961 and 1978 in English, Spanish and Japanese, became the primary veterinary clinical pathology text for veterinary students and veterinarians around the world.

Dr. Benjamin taught clinical pathology at Colorado State University for 30 years, and her successes as a teacher are legendary. She won every award given for teaching by the college and the university, including a "Top Prof" award in 1966, which named her as the outstanding teacher at Colorado State University, the Oliver Pennock Award for Outstanding Teaching in 1965, and the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award in 1977. Her veterinary and graduate students adored and respected her, and she left her impact on many. She also taught at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, from 1968 to 1969, and at Cornell University in 1967. She came out of retirement in 1987 to teach clinical pathology for one year a Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine at St. Kitts, West Indies.

In 1973, Dr. Benjamin was selected as the "Outstanding Woman Veterinarian," and in 1978 was given honorary membership in the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, the same year that she was named as Colorado Veterinary Medical Association Veterinarian of the Year, American Animal Hospital Association Veterinarian of the Year, and named as an Old Master by Purdue University. She was one of 20 veterinarians featured in the book Women in Veterinary Medicine .

She is survived by many loving friends… Patricia Prenter, her caregiver, Michael and Betty Prenter, Marg Assel, Kathy Batha and her much loved dogs Annie and Muffin. Memorial contributions can be made to the Larimer County Humane Society or The Max Fund.


Contact: Dell Rae Moellenberg
E-mail: dellrae.moellenberg@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-6009