September 2, 1956 – August 26, 2012
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Timothy Alan Cudd passed away peacefully at Haven Hospice Center in Gainesville, Florida, on August 26, 2012. A celebration of Tim's life will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, September 2, 2012, at St. Joseph's Episcopal Church on West Newberry Road in Gainesville, Florida.
Timothy was born September 2, 1956, in Rapid City, South Dakota. Tim attended school through Jr. High in Worthington, Ohio, and graduated from Mt. Vernon (Ohio) H.S. His lifelong interest in horses sent him to England for British Horse Society certification and next led him to the University of Tennessee where he became a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He practiced veterinary medicine in Lexington, Kentucky, where he developed the first private practice neo-natal foal clinic in the U.S. Because of his growing interest in research, Tim moved on to the University of Florida where he earned a Ph.D in physiology, specializing in endocrinology of the mother-fetal interaction controlling parturition. In 1994 he joined Texas A&M faculty where he ran a large National Institutes of Health funded lab devoted to more effectively diagnosing and treating fetal alcohol syndrome. He coordinated the physiology course for first year veterinary students and worked tirelessly to improve teaching methods that would achieve his goal of developing compassionate and caring veterinarians.
Tim and Evelyn cared for their horses on Cantata Ranch, a farm he dearly loved sharing with Evelyn's third grade classes and his grandchildren and nephews. They bred, trained and competed dressage horses. Their first foal won numerous breed show awards and was a finalist at the Young Horse Championships in Lexington, Kentucky. Tim was devoted to his family and pets and will be remembered and sorely missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Evelyn; daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Avi Baumstein; grandchildren, Anna and Caleb; mother, Bernice Daniels; father and step-mother, Kermit and Anne Cudd; sister and brother-in-law, Ann Cudd and Neal Becker; nephews, Alex and Thomas Becker; brother, Ben Cudd; sister-in-law, Lynn McCarty; and loyal dogs, Tazer and Sheba.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests gift contributions to Haven Hospice in Gainesville, Florida, or the ALS Society.
Published in The Bryan-College Station Eagle from Aug. 28 to Aug. 29, 2012