Harrogate, Tennessee, June 27, 2019—Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) honored the late Dr. Edwin Robertson with the Distinguished Service Medal for his pioneering work in embryo transfer in cattle and his service to LMU and the surrounding community. His wife, Judy Robertson, accepted the award on his behalf at the LMU-CVM Commencement Ceremony on May 18 in Harrogate, Tennessee.
Robertson was a member of the LMU Board of Trustees. He was a devout Christian who spearheaded numerous initiatives including the establishment of Servolution Health Services, the Tri-State Youth Choir, the Harrogate City Park and trails in the region and bringing restaurants to Harrogate. Robertson died in 2014 at the age of 65 leaving an incredible legacy at LMU and within the tri-state region.
“Everything Edwin did was for the community he lived in,” said LMU-CVM Vice President and Dean Jason Johnson. “He and Judy made a deliberate decision to live and give to this community and region. It was all about making it better, seeing a need and trying to help, and he always did it silently, not wanting any recognition.”
Robertson founded Harrogate Genetics, Intl. and went on to establish numerous landmark rural veterinary practices in the region. He devoted his life to increase the genetics of cattle and the quality of animal care in the Appalachian region and in the less developed world as far as Romania. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University in 1974 and began a career focused on embryo transfer in the Southeast. He served as the American Embryo Transfer Association president in 1989-1990, was the 1993 Practitioner of the Year for the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) and coordinated several AABP seminars from 1980-2013.
“Edwin and I were tremendous friends,” said LMU Chairman Autry O.V. "Pete" DeBusk. “He was a unique person, richly devoted to the region and his church, and an absolute pioneer in veterinary medicine. It is wonderful to honor him with this award.”
Johnson, a reproductive specialist, knew of Robertson long before they met. He came to know him personally during the two years spent together working on the development of LMU-CVM.
“One of my great regrets is that he did not get to see LMU-CVM open its doors,” said Johnson. “I am certain that he is smiling down on us, encouraging us to continue to produce quality practitioners committed to making their communities better.”
Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine is located on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu.