NEW, DR. JOHN C. (DVM, MPH, RET. CPT) - of Knoxville, Tennessee, passed away suddenly on the evening of Tuesday, October 15th at age 65, leaving all who loved, admired, and depended on him entirely too soon. Born January 14, 1948 to his parents, John "Johnny" Sr. (dec.) and Lois Emogene "Jeanie" (dec.) New in Little Rock, AR. Dr. New went on to become a bright leader in the field of veterinary medicine. Those family members who mourn his loss are wife of 38 years, Jane New of Knoxville; daughter, Elizabeth New of Lexington, KY; son and daughter-in-law, David and Jennifer New of Knoxville, TN; and three beautiful grandchildren, Jackson, Connor, Evangeline, all of whom he loved dearly. After earning his DVM from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. New served as a captain in the US Army Veterinary Corps as a clinical veterinary officer. Following his military service, Dr. New returned to academia earning a master's degree in public health from the University of Minnesota and became a faculty member at The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 1977. He was planning to retire from that academic post in June 2014. Dr. New's innovative veterinary leadership cultivated new understanding and responses to the human animal bond, such as the co-creation of one of the country's first animal assisted therapy programs, Human Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT). Being an epidemiologist, Dr. New also developed and lead the UTCVM Veterinary Public Health program, and also worked tirelessly to understand and reduce pet over-population by his research and direct service through programs like Companion Animal Initiative in Tennessee (CAIT). Dr. New was a hero to both people and pets; only one such example being his creation and leadership in the Vets for Pets of Homeless People (VPHO) program, providing care for the human animal bond among people with no homes. For his work and leadership the veterinary community recognized him through many awards and honors such as the Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award and the American Veterinary Medical Association Animal Welfare Award. Not only his family, but also the veterinary community feels his loss deeply. His family will receive friends at Bridges Funeral Home on Rutledge Pike, Sunday, October 20, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Monday, October 21, at 8:00 a.m. The Crowne Plaza Hotel has offered free parking in the parking garage, attendees may get the parking token at the front desk. Burial will immediately follow the morning service and will take place at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery on Gov. John Sevier Highway. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the HABIT or CAIT programs at The University of Tennessee or a
. Arrangements by Bridges Funeral Home, 5430 Rutledge Pike, 865-523-4999. www.bridgesfuneralhome.com
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Oct. 18 to Oct. 20, 2013