The largest single gift in the college's history will endow an Albert C. and Lois E. Dehn chair in both the Large Animal Clinical Science and the Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigations departments. Both departments are nationally and internationally recognized as a source of groundbreaking research, from identifying the effects of bacteria in autoimmune disorders, to investigating the implications of antimicrobial resistance and protecting the food chain, to understanding airway cell damage and repair in connection with the effects of airborne pollution. In time, the bequest also may support additional endowed chairs.
After earning his veterinary degree from MSU in 1950, Albert "Doc" Dehn returned to his hometown of Abbotsford, Wisconsin, where he practiced for his entire veterinary career, primarily treating cows on local dairy farms. Dehn also served on the board of the local bank and frequently, albeit quietly, gave back to his community.
"While the magnitude of this gift is unprecedented, the motivation is not," said College of Veterinary Medicine dean John Baker. "Our culture of humble philanthropy is well-known and well-documented here. It’s not uncommon for us to receive estate gifts from alumni who maintained a quiet passion for the college and its mission over decades."