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Dr. John D. Strandberg’s career as a scientist, pathologist, leader, and mentor has profoundly influenced the veterinarians and scientists he worked with and trained. He directed the department’s training program for twenty-six years. He did so as a true labor of love, and we wish to honor this legacy.
With a generous lead gift from Dr. Strandberg’s long-time colleague and friend, Linda C. Cork, the Department established the John D. Strandberg Fund to honor his dedication to young scientists. The Fund will be a flexible source of support for trainees to help provide equipment, and supplies, and to facilitate travel to meetings. As it grows, the Fund will provide critically important stipends for trainees while they study for their board examinations.
Continuing support from Johns Hopkins alumni and others will ensure that Dr. Strandberg’s magnificent dedication to science will be shared with future generations of veterinary pathologists and laboratory animal veterinarians.
About John D. Strandberg
Dr. Strandberg directed the Comparative Pathology and Laboratory Animal Medicine Training Programs at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for three decades. He also was Director of the Division of Comparative Medicine for 17 years. During his tenure at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Strandberg had a tremendous impact on the field of comparative pathology and laboratory animal medicine, mentoring over 60 young pathologists and laboratory animal veterinarians, serving on national committees that developed policies for the humane use of research animals, participating in NIH study sections and site visits, and pursuing his research interests resulting in over 120 peer-reviewed publications.
The breadth and depth of Dr. Strandberg’s knowledge seemed infinite. Yet he always shared it with humility and compassion and an abundance of humor. Dr. Strandberg’s friends and colleagues remember him as a truly kind and generous person who readily shared his home with traveling scholars, cooked elaborate, delicious meals to congratulate each veterinary pathology trainee as he or she moved on to the next stage in their lives, played the piano for his frequent house guests, and often gave his lunch to homeless people on his way to work. Each of us is infinitely better for having known Dr. John Strandberg.