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Donald L. Dungworth

Donald L. Dungworth, a former Davis resident, died of cancer, Monday, February 14, 2005 in Bayside, California. Dr. Dungworth was a distinguished member of the faculty at the University of California--Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine for 34 years.

Donald L. Dungworth

Born in Hathersage, England on July 16, 1931, Don Dungworth was raised in the country that James Herriot has described so eloquently. He received his veterinary degree from the University of Liverpool in 1956 followed by a residency in pathology at the Ontario Veterinary College, in Guelph, Canada. In 1957, he entered a Ph.D. program in the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1961 he served on the faculty of the University of Bristol, England, School of Veterinary Medicine. In 1962, he returned to UC Davis to join the faculty in the Department of Pathology at the School of Veterinary Medicine. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 1963.

During his tenure on the faculty he had a distinguished career as a veterinary pathologist. His international reputation as an expert in the field of inhalation toxicology and pathology led to a research program in pulmonary toxicopathology recognized for its excellence throughout the world. The program elucidated the impact of ozone and related auto exhaust pollutants as major sources of injury to the lung. The work of Dungworth and his collaborators provided the key research information for the standards set down by the Clean Air Act of 1990. These standards are now used throughout the world. The Respiratory Disease Research program continues today as the premier pulmonary disease research program in the world.

In addition to his major research accomplishments, he served the School in a variety of administrative capacities throughout his career. As Chair of the Department of Pathology for 23 years, he headed up the largest and most widely recognized veterinary pathology graduate training program in the world. He also held the position of Associate Dean for Research, and oversaw the California National Primate Research Center as Acting Director on three separate occasions. He was invited to serve on several state, national and international advisory panels; on editorial boards; and as President of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.

Dr. Dungworth had many honors including a World Health Organization Senior Fellowship in 1968, a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship to New Zealand in 1976, a German Academic Exchange Fellowship in 1984 and an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Award in 1990.

Following his retirement from the University of California in 1993, he served on the faculty at the St. Kitts Veterinary College for one year. He has remained active as an international consultant on pulmonary toxicology until recently.

Donald was married to Terri his wife of 44 years. He is survived by daughter Dawn Elsbree, husband Andy and children Nicholas, Trevor and Claire of Bayside, California and son Duncan and wife Dara and their daughter, Madison of Roseville.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those wishing to remember Donald make contributions to the UC Regents for the Donald L. Dungworth Graduate Student Memorial Fund. Contributions may be sent to:

School of Veterinary Medicine Development Office
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616