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Remembering Dr. William "Bill" L. Ingalls

Dear Members of the College of Veterinary Medicine Family,
It is with sadness I inform you that our college has lost a legendary alumnus, emeritus professor, role model, dear friend, and a humble and caring man. Dr. William “Bill” L. Ingalls passed away on December 24 at age 98. His funeral service will be held Friday, December 30 at 1 p.m. at the Schoedinger Worthington Chapel, 6699 N. High Street in Worthington, and his family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to the time of the service. Please visit  the Schoedinger website to read his obituary.

Dr. Ingalls received his DVM and MS from the college in 1942 and 1959, respectively. He first joined the college as a faculty member in 1947. He then moved into private industry where he served as vice president of the Columbus Serum Company from 1951-1974. He was a professor and extension veterinarian in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine from 1974 until he officially retired in 1988.

After his retirement he maintained an office in the department and remained actively involved in teaching and extension activities for many years without compensation until he was 92. During his diverse career, Dr. Ingalls also worked at the Ohio Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Reynoldsburg, served as assistant state pathologist with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, and worked as an associate animal pathologist at the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station. 

Dr. Ingalls’ distinguished career includes serving as vice president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, president of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, and health commissioner in the Pickaway County General Health District. He also served on the board of directors of the American Association of Extension Veterinarians and as director of the Ohio Extension Professors Association, among others.

Bill Ingalls was committed to student learning, supporting agricultural producers in Ohio and was a friend to everyone he met. He was recognized with numerous well-deserved honors and awards throughout his esteemed career, including being named a Distinguished Alumnus of the college, induction into the Ohio Agriculture Hall of Fame, receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award and Meritorious Award from the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association and the Public Service Award from the American Veterinary Medical Association. 

The William L. Ingalls Award for Exceptional Service was established in 2000 to recognize individuals who have provided exceptional service to the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University. Recipients of the award shall have demonstrated continued dedication to the college and a sustained impact on its programs. Dr. Ingalls will be missed yet his legacy will live on through the many contributions he made to the college and veterinary profession.




Rustin M. Moore, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS

Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine

Ruth Stanton Chair in Veterinary Medicine

125D Veterinary Medicine Academic Building

1900 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH 43210

614-688-8749 Asst | 614-292-2363 Office | 614-292-3544 Fax

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 1:07pm