October 7, 2012

Ron Foster and Foster Farms receive 2012 Distinguished Service Award

Ron Foster and Foster Farms have been awarded the School of Veterinary Medicine’s 2012 Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his outstanding service as a charter member of the Dean’s Advisory Council, his legislative advocacy on behalf of the

Dr. Michael Lairmore (L), Dean UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, presents award to Ron Foster (R), President and CEO Foster Farms

School, and the Foster Farms philanthropic support to advance the School’s missions.

The award was presented October 2 at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Fall Faculty Reception 2012.

For more than 15 years, Foster has assisted the School-as advisor, fundraiser, benefactor, pet owner and corporate collaborator-and significantly enhanced its teaching, research and service missions. Foster was a charter member of the Dean’s Advisory Council and has served continuously since 1998, currently as Vice Chair.

He chaired the campaign to raise funds for a new dairy teaching facility in Tulare, making numerous trips to oversee the committee for planning and fund raising. The funds also helped support the Continuing Education Pavilion. Through his contacts in the poultry industry, Foster helped to secure matching contributions for the new poultry faculty position at the School of Veterinary Medicine. Foster Farms was also a major contributor.

In 1996, Foster established an endowed veterinary student scholarship in honor of his grandparents, Max and Verda Foster, who started the family-owned Foster Farms in 1939. Foster frequently attends the School’s scholarship awards ceremony to personally present scholarships to the student recipients of this award. More

L-R Dean Michael Lairmore, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Rodrigo Gallardo, UC Davis Assistant Professor, Poultry Infectious Diseases; Dr. Anita Oberbauer, Dept. Chair & Professor of Animal Science; Ron Foster, President and CEO Foster Farms


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