Dr. Robert K. Shideler, retired veterinary professor, will receive the Jim and Nadine Henry Award from Colorado State University Alumni Association for his support and service to the university and the Alumni Association in a special ceremony on Friday, Feb. 17.
Shideler graduated from Colorado State in 1948 with his D.V.M. degree and began a practice in Illinois. He then moved to Mississippi and began an equine practice that became nationally respected. Shideler was elected president of the Mississippi Veterinary Association and was chosen as the state’s Veterinarian of the Year in 1973.
He returned to Colorado State in 1974 as a faculty member and head of the equine field services section. In addition to teaching, Shideler became an integral member of the Equine Reproduction Research laboratory at Colorado State.
While pioneering new techniques for embryo transfer, Shideler wrote more than 100 scientific and industry publications as well as a textbook titled "Management of the Pregnant Mare and New Born Foal."
"He helped put the equine program at Colorado State on the national and international map through his collaboration in equine reproductive research," said Dr. Anthony Knight, professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences.
Shideler retired from the Department of Clinical Sciences in 1995, but he has maintained interest in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences through fundraising efforts. He is a Greater Ram Club member, has served on the development board and has been a regular member of the 50 Year Club, of which he served as president in 2002.
"Dr. Shideler’s career exemplifies extraordinary service to Colorado State University’s academic and alumni programs. The Jim and Nadine Henry Award would be fitting recognition of an outstanding Colorado State University alumnus," Knight said.