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Remembering Dr. Maurice Acree: Friend and Benefactor of UT College of Veterinary Medicine

(Knoxville, TN.  March 13, 2013) -- The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine is saddened to announce the death of friend and supporter Dr. Maurice Acree, Jr.  

Acree passed away Friday, March 8, in Knoxville, Tennessee. A memorial service will be held Thursday, March 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Ascension, 800 Northshore Drive, Knoxville. He leaves behind wife, Reverend Nancy Acree.   He will be remembered, also, at the fourth annual K-9 Veterans Day ceremony on Saturday, March 16 at 1:00 p.m. held at the war dog memorial in front of the UT Veterinary Medical Center on the UT agricultural campus.

Dr. Maurice Acree

Acree's relationship with the UT College of Veterinary Medicine began in 1997 when he brought his beloved Doberman Pinscher, Duchess of Tennessee, to the UT Veterinary Medical Center for surgery to remove a tumor on her foot. The following year, Acree donated a war dog memorial, "Always Faithful," honoring the 25 dogs that died liberating Guam in 1944. The memorial, located in front of the UT Veterinary Medical Center, honors Acree's love of Doberman Pinschers and recognizes the unique bond between dogs and humans. The memorial is a replica of the statue on the Island of Guam. At the time, Acree said, "When you get me on the subject of the veterinary school, the Doberman and animals, you've reached a spot thats close to my heart."

In 1997, he established the college's Acree Family Endowed Chair in Small Animal Research. At the time of his gift, Acree said, "I established this chair to make a difference. The deciding factors in my decision were the kindness and affection of the veterinary college staff, its outstanding faculty and the great facilities there." Dr. Joe Bartges, DACVIM, DACVN, has held the endowed chair since its inception. Bartges says Acree was an amazing person with passion and vision for improving knowledge and care of pets. According to Bartges, "His commitment to the UT College of Veterinary Medicine through funding of the endowed chair has resulted in new knowledge that has improved the lives of many pets."

Acree, a native of Macon, Ga., moved to Memphis in 1943. He graduated from the Baylor School in Chattanooga and received a bachelors degree in liberal arts from Vanderbilt. Acree pursued his medical degree as a second career later in life. His first career was a Navy fighter pilot, where he served in Korea. After several years in the Navy, he earned his medical degree from the UT Medical School in Memphis and continued specialized training in pathology. He retired as a pathologist in Nashville.

Memorial tributes may be made to the UT College of Veterinary Medicine for the Small Animal Research Fund and sent to the UTCVM Advancement Office, 2407 River Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996-4550 or by calling 865-974-4379.



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Sandra Harbison
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Tennessee
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Knoxville, TN 37996

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