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Posted March 31, 2003

Morris Animal Foundation veterinary vice president and trustee John L. “Jack” Mara, DVM, died Thursday March 27, 2003, in Topeka, Kan. He was 78.

Dr. Mara began his veterinary career as a practitioner in Long Island, N.Y. In 1978, he left private practice to join Hill’s Pet Nutrition as director
of veterinary affairs. Committed to continuing education, Dr. Mara made it
a point to meet face to face with veterinarians and veterinary students
across the country to discuss the important role of nutrition in veterinary

Morris Animal Foundation named Dr. Mara a Trustee in 1992. He became veterinary vice president in 1995. In this role, Dr. Mara helped secure several gifts for Morris Animal Foundation from Hill’s Pet Nutrition, including one to help support the foundation’s scientific advisory board.

At the Foundation’s 2002 Annual Meeting in Keystone, Colo., Dr. Mara was inducted into the Mark L. Morris Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was created in the early 1990s to honor Morris Animal Foundation Trustees who go “above and beyond the call of duty” on behalf of animal health. Dr. Mara was the sixth inductee into the Mark L. Morris Hall of Fame.

Many prominent veterinary organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association, honored Dr. Mara for his contributions to veterinary medicine by presenting awards and scholarships in his honor. The Western Veterinary Conference, held annually in Las Vegas, recognized Dr. Mara by calling itself the 74th Annual Jack Mara Veterinary Conference in 2002.

Dr. Mara is survived by his children, William, Michael, Daniel, Patrick, Kennon and Jennifer.

Memorial gifts can be made to Morris Animal Foundation, 45 Inverness Drive East, Englewood, Colo. 80112. Contributions can also be made via the website at, or by calling (800) 243-2345.

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