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September 26, 2002

Veterinary school names 2002 distinguished alumni

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine has honored an Indiana state senator and the dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois as distinguished alumni.

Robert N. Jackman of Milroy, Ind., a member of the class of 1967, and Herbert E. Whiteley of Urbana-Champaign, Ill., a member of the class of 1977, were recognized Wednesday (9/25) at the school's annual fall conference banquet.

Jackman, who operates Jackman's Animal Hospital in Milroy, Ind., was honored for the role he played in establishing the school's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1978, in addition to his commitment to his profession and dedication to his constituents. In 1996, Jackman was elected Indiana state senator for Dist. 42. He is a ranking member of the Agriculture and Small Business Committee and also participates on other committees.

Whiteley, a recognized authority on ocular pathology, this fall was appointed dean of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Previously he was head of the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science and director of the Connecticut Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. Whiteley was honored for his contributions to teaching, research and organized veterinary medicine.

Since the School of Veterinary Medicine's Distinguished Alumni Award's creation in 1978, 36 alumni have been honored.

Full biographies of this year's honorees are available.

Writer: Amy Patterson-Neubert, (765) 494-9723,

Source: Kevin Doerr, director of alumni affairs and annual giving, (765) 494-8216,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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