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WILLIAM HENRY HALLIWELL William H. Halliwell DVM, PhD, pathologist, educator, scientist,
and devoted family man died December 27, 2013 from complications of multiple myeloma. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA on October 15, 1939. His early childhood was spent in York County, PA, and his later childhood was divided between PA and Pompano Beach, FL. He studied Civil Engineering at UF, Gainesville, and was involved in the construction of the first 17th Street Causeway and the East Los Olas bridges in Fort Lauderdale. He graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University in 1964 and briefly entered general practice in Garner, NC before being drafted into military service (USAF) in 1965. He was initially assigned as the base veterinarian at the United States Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, CO, and later was involved in teaching physiology, embryology and comparative anatomy to cadets applying to medical school. He was in charge of the Falcon Mascot Program, and supervised the care and flying of the falcons at football games. He was a part of the first organized efforts to rehabilitate injured birds of prey in the Rocky Mountain region. Dr. Halliwell also served as a military courier, which took him to Laos and Vietnam and other parts of the world during the Vietnam War. After he left the military, he completed a residency and PhD in Comparative Pathology at the University of Missouri, and remained there as an associate professor, teaching in the Colleges of Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, and the Ellis Fischel State Cancer Hospital. While there, he initiated the first raptor rehabilitation program in the Midwest. Dr. Halliwell moved to Ft. Collins, CO and started Westpath Laboratories, which was dedicated to providing toxicologic pathology expertise to the pharmaceutical and environmental industries. As a result of some of his work, the federal government placed a warning on gasoline pumps stating that "inhalation of gasoline fumes have produced tumors in laboratory animals". He later joined Hoffmann LaRoche as Director of Pathology and was instrumental in developing one of the first drugs against HIV, and then joined Schering Plough Research Institute, where he participated in the presentation of loratadine (Claritin) to the FDA for approval, and was involved in the development of cholesterol lowering drugs, including Zetia and Vytorin. He has over 75 publications in peer reviewed journals and has written chapters in four books. He and his wife Nancy retired to Boca Raton, FL in 2005 and moved to Stuart, FL in 2009, so that he could pursue his hobbies of boating and watching wildlife around and within the Florida waterways. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, his daughter, Andrea (husband Tom), his son Michael (wife Michele), and five beautiful grandchildren. He has maintained a lifelong interest in the propagation and rehabilitation of birds of prey and thus if donations or memorials are offered, he would like them to be made to The Perigrine Fund, World Center for Birds of Prey, 5668 West Flying Hawk Lane, Boise, ID 83709. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, January 9 at the Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, and a reception/celebration of his life will follow at the Yacht and Country Club. Inurnment will occur the following day at the South Florida Veteran's National Cemetery in Lake Worth, and will be attended by close friends and family members. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory, Stuart Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.heavencalled.com
Martin Funeral Home and Crematory
961 South Kanner Highway Stuart, FL 34994
Published in the TC Palm on Jan. 3, 2014