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AMSA Charter Member Dr. Vern Cahill Will be Greatly Missed

Feb 24, 2016

He was a charter member of the association and his contributions during his career and in retirement will be felt for generations to come. Dr. Cahill was born May 5, 1918 in Tiro, Ohio passed away Monday, February 15th at his home in Columbus, OH. He attended the Ohio State University where he received his B.S in 1937 and his M.S in 1941 and Ph.D in 1955 in meat science. Dr. Cahill devoted his life to education and research, touched the hearts of thousands of students, and made significant contributions to the meat science industry.

For 41 years, he taught meat science and meat processing courses at The Ohio State University and coordinated research in meat production at Ohio State and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC).

Dr. Cahill published over 90 articles in prominent journals and traveled abroad to over eight countries for a series of academic and research missions. He was one of the founding members of the Reciprocal Meat Conference which he chaired in 1958 and 1978, he is the only member to have chaired RMC twice. For his accomplishments and dedication to the meat science industry he received a number of prominent awards including the esteemed Fellow Award from ASAS in 1984, and the R.C. Pollock Award from the AMSA in 1993. In 1999, he was inducted into Ohio's Agricultural Hall of Fame.

His love for meat science and the meat science industry led him to assist meat processors in Ohio and abroad and be actively involved in many industry organizations.

The family is planning a memorial service on Saturday, February 27 at 4 pm with visitation at 3 and reception after. It will be at Clinton Heights Lutheran Church, 15 Clinton Heights Ave, Columbus, OH.

Contributions can be made to the Dr. Vern Cahill AMSA Mentorship Program, established to provide lasting recognition to his achievements while keeping his philosophies and goals alive for future generations online.

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