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Robert R. Marshak, DVM, DACVIM – In memoriam

PHILADELPHIA, PA – October 20, 2020 – The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine announced that Dean Emeritus Robert R. Marshak died peacefully at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse on October 20, 2020. He was 97.

“Dean Marshak’s accomplishments as Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine are surpassed only by his unwavering love and dedication to our community," said the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine, Andrew M. Hoffman, DVM, DVSc. “He worked tirelessly to redefine the veterinary profession and he is unquestionably the ‘Father of Veterinary Clinical Specialties’. Dr. Marshak will be greatly missed; by his adoring family, by the veterinarians and scientists who respected him so deeply, and by his extraordinary network of cherished friends and colleagues. His passionate and deep commitment to basic science revolutionized our institution, and his legacy will live on. On behalf of the entire School, we extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Margo, and to his sons William, John, and Richard Marshak, and Derrick Marshall.”

Robert R. Marshak was the ninth dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine. With a career that spanned decades, he was one of the School’s most dedicated and transformative leaders.

Please read more about Dr. Marshak's many years of distinguished service to the veterinary profession and to the School of Veterinary Medicine...