H. Fred Troutt

H. Fred Troutt

CHAMPAIGN – Dr. H. Fred Troutt, 74, died 10:28 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010. A memorial service will be held after the first of the year.

Dr. Troutt was born on May 14, 1936, in Philadelphia, a son of Eva Demanovich and Harry Frederick Troutt Sr.

Dr. Troutt was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary (Molly) Loesch Troutt, whom he wed in 1958, in 2005.

He married Jan Bourne in 2006 in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is survived by his loving wife; three children and their families, Elizabeth Troutt (Maurice Mierau) of Winnepeg, Manitoba, Sarah Troutt (Chad Colburn) of Salem, Ore., and Andrew (Jan) Troutt of Champaign; one stepdaughter, Elaine Bourne of South Bend, Ind.; four grandchildren, Drew Colburn, Anna Troutt and Peter and Bohdan Mierau; and one sister, Anna Marie Fachet of Glen Rock, Pa.

Dr. Troutt received a B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University, a VMD from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. from University of Missouri, where his study emphasis was in pathology, nutrition and physiology.

He was board certified with the American College of Veterinary Nutrition and the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Dr. Troutt had been a private veterinary practitioner in a mixed practice in Pennsylvania; a staff clinician in food animal medicine and surgery at Purdue University; an assistant professor of food animal medicine and surgery at Purdue University; a research associate with the National Institutes of Health special post-doctoral research fellow, University of Missouri; and an associate professor at University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine. He held professorship positions at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, University of California-Davis and (currently) the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine.

At UC-Davis, Dr. Troutt was director of Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center. At Illinois, he was head of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine from 1988-1998 and chair of the Food Animal Production Medicine Consortium (a six-university consortium funded by the Pew Foundation); and program coordinator, Strategic Partnership Illinois: Safe Food, Air and Water. In July, 2010, Dr. Troutt accepted the role of interim director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois.

Since 1968, Professor Troutt served as a consultant regarding food animal health issues, veterinary education programs or food safety concerns to industry, academic institutions, various state agencies and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He served a consultantship to the World Bank. He served on numerous occasions as panel member and reviewer for a variety of scientific and extension programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, academic institutions and professional societies.

He served as chairman of the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education, and as a member of the AVMA Strategic Planning and Council Selection Task Force Committees. He served as chairman of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture's Animal Production Food Safety Committee and on the board of directors of the American Association of Food Hygiene Veterinarians. He received recognition from numerous professional societies, including American Association of Bovine Practitioners, an Award for Excellence in Preventive Veterinary Medicine (Dairy), and Founders' Recognition, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

Over the course of his academic career, Dr. Troutt taught courses in both the clinical sciences (physical diagnosis, food animal medicine, food animal surgery; bovine nutrition) and the pre-clinical sciences (pathology, physiology of digestion, ruminant anatomy and general nutrition).

His instructional responsibilities included basic nutrition for veterinary students and food animal medicine. He lectured in epidemiology and in public health courses to veterinary students and on animal health issues to undergraduate students in the College of Agriculture at the University of Illinois. His research interests included the epidemiology of salmonella infections in cull dairy cattle, zoonotic diseases, and metabolic diseases of dairy cattle.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Troutt presented more than 245 lectures domestically and internationally dealing with a variety of clinical and scientific subjects, and authored or co-authored approximately 60 papers and reports dealing with a variety of clinical and research topics. In addition to scientific presentations, Professor Troutt worked internationally on veterinary issues or programs in Australia, Canada, England, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand and Uganda.

Throughout his career, Dr. Troutt was the recipient of many honors and awards, including Alpha Zeta, Society of Phi Zeta, Sigma Xi, Gamma Sigma Delta, diplomate (honorary) of American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, National Academies of Practice Executive Committee for Veterinary Medicine and diplomate of American College Veterinary Nutrition.

Dr. Troutt enjoyed landscaping, reading and fishing. He also loved to be near the ocean and particularly enjoyed travel. Fred was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and educator.

Gifts can be made in Dr. Troutt's name to the College of Veterinary Medicine. Checks may be made payable to the University of Illinois Foundation (University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, Advancement Office, 2001 S. Lincoln Ave., Urbana, IL 61802).

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