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Dr. Jerry Kaneko

A “Celebration of Life” service will be held for Jerry Kaneko on:

Sunday, April 14th

3:00 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis

27074 Patwin Road

Davis, CA  95616

Jerry’s friends and colleagues are all invited to join in this celebration.  Anyone wishing to make a remembrance in Dr. Kaneko’s honor is encouraged to send a gift to the UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine at P.O. Box 1167, Davis, CA  95617 for the “Jerry & Teresa Kaneko Fund for Faculty Development.”

Kaneko, widely recognized for his pioneering research and publications in clinical veterinary pathology, died at the end of January after suffering a stroke. He was 88. Born on November 20, 1924 in Stockton, California, Kaneko earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry, his DVM in 1956 and PhD in 1959, all from UC Davis. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health from 1956-57 and returned to UC Davis in 1957 as a lecturer.

Kaneko officially joined the School of Veterinary Medicine faculty as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology in 1959. He served in a wide range of administrative roles including as Department Chair, Service Chief, Acting Associate Dean of Education, and a member or chair of many committees before his retirement in 1993.  

Kaneko started his career working on bovine lymphocyctic leukemia and later moved on to study canine diabetes. He took a sabbatical leave at the State University of Ghent, Belgium in 1975-1976 where he had the opportunity to study many diabetic dogs and choose to call the canine diabetes type 1 and type 2—the same names now used for human diabetes. 

Over his academic career, Kaneko was a visiting professor at many universities including those in Mexico, Japan, Israel, Norway, Argentina, Finland, Brazil and Chile. He published nearly 180 scholarly papers, some of them now regarded as classics, including his seminal work, “Clinical Biochemistry of Domestic Animals.” He co-authored the text with colleague Charles Cornelius as there was no book available at the time appropriate for his teaching of clinical biochemistry. The first edition appeared in 1961; the text is now in its sixth edition and is still regarded as the standard in the field.

As a leader within the veterinary profession, Kaneko was acknowledged for his consistent high quality and high standards in all of his teaching, research and service activities and was considered a role model by his classmates and students. He was a member of many academic and professional societies and was recognized with numerous honors and awards including the school’s most prestigious recognition—the Alumni Achievement Award in 1995.  He also received an honorary doctorate from the State University in Ghent, Belgium; recognition for outstanding teaching from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry; and a Golden Book Award from the Jewish National Fund for outstanding teaching contributions to the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

After nearly four decades of service to the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Kaneko turned his energy toward his community and politics and served on the Davis City Council and as the council’s liaison to the Human Relations Commission and Senior Citizens Commission. In 2004, the city presented Kaneko with a lifetime achievement award.

Dr. Kaneko’s family has scheduled a “Celebration of Life” service on:

Sunday, April 14th

3:00 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis

27074 Patwin Road

Davis, CA  95616

Jerry’s friends and colleagues are all invited to join in this celebration.  Anyone wishing to make a remembrance in Dr. Kaneko’s honor is encouraged to send a gift to the UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine at P.O. Box 1167, Davis, CA  95617 for the “Jerry & Teresa Kaneko Fund for Faculty Development.”

Links:

Jerry Kaneko obituary in the Davis Enterprise