January 27, 2017

Dr. Duncan McMartin, former UC Davis faculty, passes away

Dr. Duncan McMartin, of Davis, California and Rannoch, Scotland, passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 14th, 2017, from complications following routine surgery. McMartin was a member of the school’s faculty from 1980-1993 in our Vet Extension Unit and in the Department of Population Health and Reproduction. McMartin provided leadership and advanced scientific knowledge of avian health problems. His research focused on Salmonella enteritidis.  He later took a leadership role in developing the Veterinary Extension Animal Welfare Program to promote broad dialogue and understanding related to human-animal inter-relationships, and societal concerns related to animal welfare in research, education and animal agriculture. He was a well-respected veterinarian, and an accomplished fiddler player. He began playing the fiddle as a young boy in Scotland, but higher education and his veterinary career took him away for more than four decades. Upon retiring in 1994, he resumed his interest in Celtic fiddle music and joined a group to continue his passion. He was invited to perform at the Spring Faculty Reception in 1997.

There will be no immediate service as his family will be taking him home to Scotland. A celebration of his life will be held in Davis later this year.

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