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College mourns the loss of outstanding teacher

Dr. Clifton MonahanDr. Cliff Monahan, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, passed away at his home yesterday, September 15. He taught parasitology to veterinary students and graduate students in the College of Veterinary Medicine for more than 12 years, and was one of the first faculty members to incorporate "clicker" technology in the classroom to ascertain student learning. The winner of a Norden Teaching award, and nominated numerous times for additional teaching awards, Dr. Monahan was known for his caring style. He was also known for his environmentalism, riding his bike to work each day, and his generous spirit. Dr. Monahan regularly traveled to Africa, working to improve the lives of animals and people through enhanced agricultural methods. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University and his Ph.D. in microbiology and parasitology from Louisiana State University.

Funeral Arrangements

The family requests that friends may call on Friday, September 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Deyo-Davis Funeral Home, 1578 West First Avenue in Columbus, Ohio 43212, (614-486-2445). Services will be held Saturday, September 19 at Deyo-Davis Funeral Home from 12 to 1p.m. The obituary will be in the Columbus Dispatch on Friday, September 18.

In lieu flowers, Dr. Monahan's family requests that a donation in his name be made to one of his favorite charities:

  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (development department, 9900 Riverside Dr., Powell, OH 43065)
  • WOSU Stations (Attention development, 2400 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, OH 43210)
  • Dr. Clifton Monahan student scholarship (College of Veterinary Medicine, 125 VMAB, 1900 Coffey Rd., Columbus, OH 43210)


About the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State

Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation and includes more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students in the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest specialty referral centers in the world, with more than 35,000 farm, equine, and companion animal patients each year. A nationally-recognized ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio provides farm animal experience to every veterinary student, and the Food Animal Health Research Program in Wooster, OH focuses on detection, control, and prevention of disease. Located on the only campus in the country with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges, we admit up to 162 veterinary students per class, and offer a new comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine as well as a unique Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health, in partnership with the College of Public Health.   


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Friday, May 4, 2012 - 3:28pm