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In Memory

Glenn A. Severin

April 25, 2014

Glenn A. Severin, 84, of Fort Collins passed away in his home Sunday, April 20, surrounded by his family.

Glenn was born October 31, 1929, in Eaton, Colorado to Edythe and Carl Severin. He graduated from Eaton High School in 1947 and continued his schooling at Colorado State University.

In 1951 Glenn married Joan Herrick and they later became the proud parents of five children. After completing his degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1953, he proudly served his country in the United States Air Force (1953-1955). Glenn practiced veterinary medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah, for two years and then he returned to Colorado State University in 1957 as an assistant professor in small animal medicine and completed his master's degree in physiology in 1963. After becoming a full professor in 1969, he focused his career in veterinary ophthalmology developing a nationally and internationally recognized program. After 39 years of exemplary service to Colorado State University and the veterinary profession, Dr. Severin retired in 1996 from the Department of Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Dr. Severin was largely responsible for developing the cardiology, ophthalmology, and small animal internal medicine services of the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital for the purpose of teaching professional veterinary medical students. He was one of the founding diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology and the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He has served in numerous national and state professional organizations and was elected as president of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology in 1978 in recognition of his contributions to the specialty.

Dr. Severin authored or co-authored more than100 scientific publications and was recognized nationally as an expert in veterinary ophthalmology. His textbook on Veterinary Ophthalmology is a standard in the profession and has been published in four languages. Students recognized his outstanding abilities as a teacher and clinician by electing him the top small animal clinician on five separate occasions. Throughout his career, Dr. Severin has been recognized, as few others have, for his outstanding service to the university and the veterinary profession. He was awarded the Oliver P. Pennock Distinguished Service Award in 1973 by Colorado State University. He received the American Animal Hospital Association Service Award in 1971, the Veterinarian of the Year Award in 1977, and a Merit Award in 1988. Among other awards, he received the Outstanding Faculty Member Award from the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association in 1985 and the Veterinarian of the Year in 1994.

Glenn is survived by his wife, Joan Severin; Sons, COL(Ret.) Scott (Carrie) Severin and Mark (Lynn) Severin; daughters, Karin (Bill) Maulsby and Ann (Ken) Doty; brother, Dean Severin, and eight grandsons, three granddaughters, and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant son Glenn Jay Severin, and two great-grandsons.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 2, at Timberline Church, South Auditorium. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Dr. Severin Ophthalmology Endowment through the Colorado State University Foundation, P.O. Box 1870, Fort Collins, Colorado 80522-1870.