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T. Douglas Byars

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GEORGETOWN - T. Douglas Byars, DVM, 70, passed away peacefully at home on July 7, 2014. He was born September 20, 1943 in San Francisco, California, son of the late Tandy Douglas and Ruby (Oushani) Byars, Sr. Dr. Byars received his undergraduate degree in biology from the California Polytechnic University and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of California at Davis. He authored more than 75 articles in professional publications and trade journals. He was a tenured professor in the University of Georgia's College of Veterinary Medicine before joining the equine practice of Hagyard Davidson & McGee in Lexington in 1983. Dr. Byars received many honors and awards during his career. He was the first private equine practitioner to receive the Kirk Award, presented by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and given for professional excellence. The award cited him as "a pioneer, a visionary, and an important voice for veterinary medicine, particularly equine medicine and the horse industry, who opened the door for many in equine practice today." He held positions in several professional organizations at the state and national level and served on the Kentucky Governor's Task Force on Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome as well as the Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council and he had a passion for all issues related to equine health and welfare. Dr. Byars is survived by his wife of 46 years, Susan (Arnett) Byars; his daughter, Carrie Byars (Peter) Kilfoil; his son, Jeremy Byars; one grandson, Rowan Kilfoil; two sisters, Rebecca Byars Clover and Nancy Byars; a dear niece, Angela Arnett as well as a host of other nieces, nephews and dear friends. In addition to his parents, Dr. Byars was preceded in death by one sister, Barbara Byars McClure. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, July 19th at 11am at Cardome Center, 800 Cincinnati Pike, Georgetown, with Dr. Mike Sobiech officiating. His family wishes to express their deep appreciation for the extraordinary care provided during his illness by Dr. Salli Whisman and the staff of Hospice of the Bluegrass, the staff of ExtraCare, Dr. Haider Abbas of Lexington Clinic, Dr. Rick Myhand, Dr. Joe Thomas, and the staff of the infusion center of Georgetown Community Hospital. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Hospice of the Bluegrass, www.hospicebg.org, or Old Friends Equine Retirement Farm, www.oldfriendsequine.org. Johnson's Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on July 12, 2014
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