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UW Professor Emeritus Receives National Animal Scientist Association Honor

August 8, 2009 — A professor emeritus in the University of Wyoming's College of Agriculture is among six scientists who received inaugural Distinguished Professional Animal Scientist awards from the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS).

Conrad "Connie" Kercher, who taught in the Department of Animal Science from 1954-1996, received the honor from ARPAS during the group's July joint meeting in Montreal, Canada. ARPAS met with the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), the American Dairy Science Association and the Canadian Society of Animal Science.

"I was surprised. This is the first time they have given the award," said Kercher.
Other recipients were Bill Baumgardt and T. Wayne Perry, representing Purdue University, Virgil Hayes, University of Kentucky, Dick Frahm, Virginia Tech, and James Oldfield, Oregon State University.

Regionally, Kercher served the Colorado-Nebraska-Wyoming chapter as the Wyoming membership chairman and as vice-chairman and chairman. Nationally, he served on the association's board of directors and was ARPAS vice-chairman and chairman. He is a Charter Diplomate (board certified) in the American College of Animal Nutrition of ARPAS. He also served the ASAS as Western Section director, and national society secretary-treasurer, president-elect, president, and past president.

Kercher and wife Lydia live in Laramie. They have four daughters, six grandchildren and one great-grand child.

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