In Memory: PVM Professor Emeritus William Carlton

April 1, 2016

Dr. William (Bill) Carlton, Leslie Morton Hutchings Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Veterinary Pathology, died Thursday, March 24, at Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach, Fla. He was 86. A veterinarian who earned his PhD degree at Purdue and became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP), Dr. Carlton served 28 years on the Purdue Veterinary Medicine faculty and was one of three co-founders of the Purdue Comparative Oncology Program. He also was considered one of the intellectual founders of toxicologic pathology and became a preeminent educator in the field.

Dr. Carlton retired in 1993 and in 2000 received an honorary Purdue Doctor of Science degree. He was honored by the Society of Toxicologic Pathology in 2006, when he received the organization’s first Achievement Award recognizing the contributions of a scientist who significantly influenced the discipline of toxicologic pathology. He held leadership positions in the International Academy of Pathology, American Association of Pathologists, American Association of Avian Pathologists and the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, as well as the Society of Toxicology.

“Dr. Carlton was a brilliant, pioneering, dedicated, and tireless faculty member whose profound influence lives on through the many graduate students he trained and mentored, preparing them to become leaders in the discipline today,” said Dean Willie Reed. “Dr. Carlton will be greatly missed, even as his legacy continues.” In 2005, an endowment was established by alumni, led by Dr. Bill Jordan (PU DVM ‘73), as a tribute to Dr. Carlton. The William W. Carlton Veterinary Pathology Endowment Fund supports the William W. Carlton Award for Aptitude in Veterinary Pathology, which is given to a third year DVM student who demonstrates superior academic performance in pathology.

A funeral service was held in Dr. Carlton’s birthplace of Owensboro, Ky., Saturday, April 9.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Dr. William W. Carlton Research Fund in Toxicologic Pathology at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.  Click here to make a memorial gift on-line, or make a check payable to "The Purdue Foundation," with a notation of the gift designation and send to:  Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine; Lynn Hall, Rm. 1177A; 625 Harrison Street, Lafayette, IN   47907-2026. Click here to view the complete obituary.

Dr. William Carlton

Dr. William Carlton with Dr. Leon Thacker (PU DVM ’65), retired director of the ADDL and Professor Emeritus of Veterinary Pathology, at an event in 2009.

Writer: Kevin Doerr,

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